What is the role of hematopoietic growth factors in the treatment of granulosa cell tumors (GCTs) of the ovaries?

Updated: Aug 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Starks, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Warner K Huh, MD  more...
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A host of growth factors now can be given in place of antibiotics and transfusion of blood products to treat severe chemotherapy-induced or radiation-induced bone marrow suppression.

Available agents include granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (neutrophil-specific), granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (neutrophil-, eosinophil-, and monocyte-specific), and erythropoietin (red cell–specific). Indications for each are patient-dependent.


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