Supportive and other treatments

Supportive and other treatments explained

These treatments aren't to treat the cancer itself. But they can help make other treatments more effective or help you to feel better.

Lymphoma - watch and wait

An image of Linda, affected by non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Lymphoma - watch and wait

In this cancer information video, Dr Robert Marcus explains how patients with lymphoma are regularly monitored until treatment starts. This is called watch and wait. Linda talks about her experience.

About our cancer information videos

In this cancer information video, Dr Robert Marcus explains how patients with lymphoma are regularly monitored until treatment starts. This is called watch and wait. Linda talks about her experience.

About our cancer information videos

Blood transfusions

Cancer and cancer treatments may cause anaemia (a low number of red blood cells). Blood transfusions treat anaemia.

Granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF)

Some cancer treatments reduce your amount of white blood cells. G-CSF is a treatment that can help your body to make more white blood cells. This protects you from infections. Having chemotherapy can make you more prone to infections. G-CSF helps you make more white blood cells to reduce that risk.

Platelet transfusions

Platelets are blood cells that help the blood to clot. Some people with cancer or leukaemia may need a platelet transfusion.