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How can you prevent issues with myelosuppression?

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If your blood cell counts are low, you can make a few changes to your daily routine to stay healthy. For example:

  • Don't do any heavy lifting or activities that make you really tired.
  • Try not to cough or sneeze too hard.
  • Get lots of rest.
  • Stay away from large crowds and people who are sick.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat foods high in lean protein.
  • Take care of your teeth and gums.
  • Don't eat hard, rough foods like raw veggies.
  • If you cut or scratch yourself, clean the area right away.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms: Myelosuppression.”

International Myeloma Foundation: “Myelosuppression.”

Oncology Nursing Forum: “Management of myelosuppression in the patient with cancer.”

Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters: “Anemia Due to Bone Marrow Suppression.”

Lymphoma Canada: “Myelosuppression.”

Myeloma UK: “Myeloma Academy Nursing Best Practice Guide: Myelosuppression."

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center: “Bone marrow suppression.”

Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing: “Myelosuppression, Bone Disease, and Acute Renal Failure: Evidence-Based Recommendations for Oncologic Emergencies.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Low blood cells counts,” "Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 02, 2019

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms: Myelosuppression.”

International Myeloma Foundation: “Myelosuppression.”

Oncology Nursing Forum: “Management of myelosuppression in the patient with cancer.”

Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters: “Anemia Due to Bone Marrow Suppression.”

Lymphoma Canada: “Myelosuppression.”

Myeloma UK: “Myeloma Academy Nursing Best Practice Guide: Myelosuppression."

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center: “Bone marrow suppression.”

Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing: “Myelosuppression, Bone Disease, and Acute Renal Failure: Evidence-Based Recommendations for Oncologic Emergencies.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Low blood cells counts,” "Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 02, 2019

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