Glossary Term:

Title

colony-stimulating factors

Phonetic

CSF

Description

types of growth factors that promote growth and division of blood-producing cells in the bone marrow. CSFs are naturally produced in the body. Extra amounts may be given to reduce or prevent certain side effects of chemotherapy that may be caused by not having enough blood cells. They may also be given before harvesting stem cells from a donor for peripheral blood stem cell transplant. See also bone marrow, chemotherapy, hematopoietic stem cell transplant, stem cells.