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
How It Works
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.
Why It Is Used
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
How Well It Works
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:
- Mild to moderate bone
- High levels of
uric acid, which may cause
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug
Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Most people have few problems with
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