Wednesday, September 2, 2009

RBC's


RBC's carry oxygen thru a protein called hemoglobin (Hb or Hgb). Hence -- a CBC measures the amount of hemoglobin in our blood.

A common side effect of cancer treatment is the lowering of our hemoglobin levels --- called anemia --- by reducing the number of RBC (LOW RBC)------ hence again ---fatigue!

Normal Hb level is about 14.5 g/dl


If Hb level is low -- Dr may prescibe medication such as Aranesp (Dar-be-poe-tin alfa) or Procrit (eh-poe-tin) to improve the RBC Counts.

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