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how can you treat persistent low hemoglobin counts following chemotherapy, other than blood transfusion?

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Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Not many: Your heme-onc dr is an expert in this, and should have discussed (or tried) a gmcsf injection to stimulate your body's red blood cell production. But, many cancer pts do not respond to it--either due to the nature of the cancer or the treatment or both. If not amenable to induction of production, then will need transfusion every so many weeks. I see many pts who do this, and once used to it are ok.
Answered on Jun 22, 2016

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