Chemotherapy-induced neutropenia is hazardous for 2 reasons: it produces febrile neutropenia (FN), which may result in life-threatening infections and prolonged hospitalizations, and it can necessitate chemotherapy dose reductions and delays, which decreases the relative dose intensity of treatment. Both scenarios can be associated with reduced survival in patients with cancer, according to Jeffrey Crawford, MD, Chief, Division of Medical Oncology, Professor of Medicine, Duke Cancer Institute.
At the NCCN 19th Annual Conference, Dr. Crawford and George M. Rodgers, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, discussed the appropriate use of myeloid growth factors (MGFs) to prevent neutropenia and the value of using intravenous (IV) iron for cancer-related anemia.
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