Supportive and other treatments

Supportive therapies

  • Blood transfusions

    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

    Erythropoietin (EPO) is a type of protein called a growth factor. It is used to treat anaemia due to cancer or its treatment.

  • G-CSF

    Having chemotherapy can make you more prone to infections. G-CSF helps you make more white blood cells to reduce that risk.

  • Nephrostomy

    A nephrostomy is a tube that drains urine from the kidney if there is a blockage in the urinary system.

  • Plasma exchange

    Plasma exchange (plasmapheresis) is a treatment to help relieve symptoms of myeloma and a type of lymphoma called Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia.

  • Platelet transfusions

    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

    Steroids can be used as part of cancer treatment, or to help with the side effects of treatment.