Why It Is Used
When you have chemotherapy for cancer, it kills the cells in your Reference bone marrow Opens New Window. 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.
Reference Clinical trials Opens New Window are testing hematopoietic stimulants to see if they help people with some types of cancer. They work by stimulating the Reference immune system Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: December 17, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology