Can platelet counts be increased while on chemo without a transfusion?

1 answer | Last updated: Oct 17, 2016
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Is there a way to increase your platelet count while on chemo therapy other than a transfusion?

Expert Answers

Linda Ackerman, R.N. has clinical experience in oncology, women's health, and medical nursing. She has been practicing for more than 20 years and is a licensed registered nurse in both Florida and Wisconsin. In addition, she serves as a board member of Breast Cancer Recovery and the Wisconsin Cancer Council.

Neumega (oprelvekin) is a drug that is a thrombopoietic growth factor. This drug is sometimes used for chemo induced thrombocytopenia. This drug stimulates platelet production.

Each individual is unique,and with any drug there are also side effects to take into consideration. I would recommend asking your oncologist if this drug would be considered an effective treatment for your situation.