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Hematopoietic stimulants are called granulocyte colony
stimulating factors (G-CSF) or granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating
factors (GM-CSF). They are given as shots under your skin. People usually get a
shot every day. But Neulasta is longer-lasting and may be given less
Hematopoietic stimulants are the man-made
form of something that is produced naturally by your body. These drugs help
your bone marrow make new
white blood cells.
When you have chemotherapy for cancer,
it kills the cells in your
bone marrow. Hematopoietic stimulants help your bone
marrow make new white blood cells. You need white blood cells to prevent or
fight infection while you are being treated with chemotherapy.
Clinical trials are testing hematopoietic stimulants
to see if they help people with some types of cancer. They work by stimulating
Hematopoietic stimulants help your
body make new white blood cells and help prevent infection after chemotherapy.
Preventing infection is an important part of cancer treatment. It may make it
less likely that you will have severe complications or need to be
Side effects are common with hematopoietic
stimulants and can include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug
Reference is not available in all systems.)
Most people have few problems with
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
December 17, 2010
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
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