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Some cancers or cancer treatments can cause anaemia, which is a low number of red blood cells. Blood transfusions are used to treat anaemia.
Erythropoietin helps the bone marrow to make red blood cells. It can be used to treat anaemia caused by cancer or its treatment.
Having chemotherapy can make you more prone to infections. G-CSF helps you make more white blood cells to reduce that risk.
A nephrostomy is a tube that drains urine from the kidney if there is a blockage in your urinary system.
Plasma exchange (sometimes called plasmapheresis) is a supportive treatment used for myeloma and a rare type of lymphoma called Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia.
Platelets are cells that help to stop bleeding. Some cancers or cancer treatments can lead to low platelets and you may need a platelet transfusion.
Steroids can be used as part of cancer treatment or to help with the side effects of treatment.
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