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Hematologic (Blood) Effects

Anemia (low red blood cell count)
Neutropenia (low white blood cell count)
Thrombocytopenia (low platelets)
Blood Clots, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) & Pulmonary Embolism


Blood Counts(Oncolink)
Comprehensive patient guide to understanding how chemotherapy affects blood counts. Describes red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), and platelets. Discusses neutropenia (low level of WBCs), what patients can do to prevent infections, and how neutropenia is treated. Discusses thrombocytopenia (low level of platelets), what patients can do to prevent bleeding, and how thrombocytopenia is treated. Discusses anemia (low level of RBCs), what patients can do to prevent anemia, and how anemia is treated. [11/01]

Your Blood & Bone Marrow (Cancer Research UK)
Provides a basic introduction to bone marrow, blood and blood cells and how they relate to cancer. Topics covered include: bone marrow, red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, growth factors. [9/05]

Anemia (low red blood cell count)

Managing Anemia in the Cancer Patient: Old Problems, Future Solutions (The Oncologist)
v.7, no.4 The Oncologist (August 2002): 331-341
Discusses anemia and associated symptoms commonly found in cancer patients. Studies have shown that anemia adversely affects health-related quality of life. Treatment of anemia with recombinant human erythropoietin can improve these quality of life outcomes. [8/02]

Management of cancer-related Anemia - Recent MEDLINE abstracts (PubMed)

Darbepoetin alfa for the Treatment of Chemotherapy-induced Anemia: Disease Progression & Survival Analysis (PubMed)
Study published in the October 1, 2005 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology concludes that treatment with darbepoetin alfa does not influence progression-free survival or overall survival in lung cancer patients with chemotherapy-induced anemia. [10/05]

Neutropenia (low white cell count)

Low White Blood Cell Count/Neutropenia (OncoLink)
Explains neutropenia, a low level of white blood cells that can occur during chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Outlines steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting an infection while your white blood cell counts are low. Discusses treatment for neutropenia. Describes circumstances under which you should call your doctor. [11/01]

Cancer-related Neutropenia - Recent MEDLINE Abstracts (PubMed)

About Low White Blood Cell Counts & How Neulasta Can Help (Amgen)
Describes chemotherapy-induced neutropenia, or low white blood cell count. Discusses its implications and management, including treatment with Neulasta. Manufacturer's information.

Neupogen (Amgen)
Patient product information from the manufacturer, with link to full prescribing information. Describes Neupogen and how it is used to treat neutropenia, a condition where the body makes too few white blood cells. Neutropenia may be caused by drugs used to treat cancer.

Thrombocytopenia (low platelets)

Cancer-related Thrombocytopenia


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