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What are RBC's

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Updated October 14, 2012

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

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.

Further Reading:

Also Known As: erythrocytes
Examples:
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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