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What are RBC's


Updated October 14, 2012

What are RBC's
A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia

RBC's (Red blood cells) are the type of cells in the blood that are responsible for delivering oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

A red blood cell count is usually done as part of a complete blood count (CBC), that also tests the number of white blood cells (WBC's) and platelets in the blood.

With lung cancer, chemotherapy can decrease the number of RBC s circulating in the body, resulting in anemia.

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Also Known As: erythrocytes
John was told he was anemic following his chemotherapy. His doctor told him that the treatment had resulted in a low red blood cell count, and recommended a blood transfusion to raise his count.

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