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What conditions can myelosuppression cause?

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Myelosuppression, when your bone marrow can't make enough blood cells, can lead to:

Anemia. If you don't have enough red blood cells, your body won't get enough oxygen.

Neutropenia. White blood cells called neutrophils defend you against infections. If your body can't make enough neutrophils, you'll have a harder time fighting off germs.

Thrombocytopenia: Platelets in your blood cause it to clot when you are injured. If you don't have enough platelets, you can bruise and bleed very easily.

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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