- How is myelodysplastic syndrome treated?
- Chemotherapy for myelodysplastic syndrome
- Immunotherapy for myelodysplastic syndrome
- Growth factors for myelodysplastic syndrome
- Supportive treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome
- Stem cell transplant for myelodysplastic syndrome
- Clinical trials for myelodysplastic syndromes
- Complementary and alternative therapies for myelodysplastic syndrome
Growth factors for myelodysplastic syndrome
Growth factors are substances that speed up the process of making blood cells in the bone marrow. The body itself makes growth factors, but they can also be made in the lab. They can then be given to patients in large doses to help their bodies make more blood cells. Patients usually get the growth factors as shots (injections) under the skin.
A shortage of blood cells causes most of the symptoms in people with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), so giving growth factors can help some patients. Different growth factors are used, depending on the patient's situation.
Our document Myelodysplastic Syndromes has more detailed information about the use of growth factors in MDS.
Last Medical Review: 02/27/2014
Last Revised: 04/03/2014