It takes approximately between 2 and 6 weeks from the beginning of Aranesp® therapy for your anemia to get better.1 This means that the sooner you are aware of your anemia management options, the better prepared you’ll be to start treatment if you need it.
When undergoing chemotherapy in the past, did you experience anemia? In many people with cancer who are receiving chemotherapy, once hemoglobin levels begin to fall, they can continue to decrease. In a clinical study, it was shown that 35% of patients had a decrease in their hemoglobin levels (from below 10 g/dL to below 9 g/dL) within 3 weeks of chemotherapy.2
If you think you may have anemia, it’s important to speak to your healthcare team right away. The symptoms of anemia may start off as mild and can be similar to other conditions or to the side effects of chemotherapy. Talk to your healthcare provider about anemia when receiving chemotherapy, especially if you are experiencing3,4:
Yes—chemotherapy is known to be a cause of anemia. The job of chemotherapy is to destroy fast-growing cells, such as tumor cells. Due to its effectiveness at doing just this, it can sometimes kill friendly cells, such as the cells that produce your red blood cells. When you have a lower than normal number of red blood cells, this is called anemia.3
Red blood cells contain hemoglobin (hee-moh-glow-bin), a protein that carries oxygen to your organs and tissues. Without the right amount of hemoglobin, your muscles and organs may not be getting enough oxygen to function properly.5
Aranesp® is indicated for the treatment of anemia in patients with non-myeloid malignancies where anemia is due to the effect of concomitant myelosuppressive chemotherapy, and upon initiation, there is a minimum of two additional months of planned chemotherapy.
Aranesp® has not been shown to improve quality of life, fatigue, or patient well-being.
Aranesp® is not indicated for use: