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Supportive therapies are either given in addition to the main treatment for cancer (to help reduce symptoms| and control side effects) or as part of the main treatment for cancer (for example, steroids| are given along with chemotherapy| for some cancers - especially cancers affecting the blood).
Information about a group of drugs known as bisphosphonates which are used to help protect bones against some of the effects of cancer.
Get information about the use of erythropoietin, which can be given as a treatment for anaemia as an alternative to a blood transfusion
Read about having a nephrostomy (which is used to drain urine from the kidney into a bag outside the body), how it's put in and how to look after it at home
Get information about platelet transfusions for cancer patients who may be suffering from low platelet levels in the blood
Find out about blood transfusions for cancer patients who may be suffering from anaemia as a result of cancer treatment
Get information about G-CSF (granulocyte-colony stimulating factor) a growth factor that stimulates the bone marrow to make more white blood cells
Get information about a procedure called plasma exchange (plasmapheresis). It is sometimes used to treat myeloma and a rare type of lymphoma called Waldenstrom's macroglobulinaemia
Get information about steroids describing how they are given as part of cancer treatments and some of the side effects that may occur
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If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just want someone to talk to, ask Macmillan.
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