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July 25, 2007

Increased White Cell Count Linked With Decrease In Chemo Complications

Topics: Medical Science News

A U.S. study, led by researchers from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Duke University's Comprehensive Cancer Center, has found that cancer patients given a drug that stimulates white blood cell growth were significantly less likely to die from a chemotherapy-related complication characterized by fever and low white blood cell levels.

"Patients taking a drug known as granulocyte colony-stimulating factor early in their chemotherapy were about half as likely to develop dangerously low white blood cell counts with fever and half as likely to die from infection,"
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Posted by Richard at July 25, 2007 4:37 PM

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