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Pegfilgrastim for Cancer

Because many types of chemotherapy increase the risk of dangerous infections, your healthcare provider may prescribe a medication such as pegfilgrastim (Neulasta®) to help prevent this. However, this drug is not for everyone.
 
For example, it should not be used in people with certain cancers known as myeloid cancers, such as acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) or chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), as pegfilgrastim could make these cancers worse. Also, it should only be used with certain types of chemotherapy that are likely to cause neutropenia (low levels of a certain type of white blood cell).
 
(Click What Is Pegfilgrastim Used For? to learn more, including how this medication works to prevent infections during cancer treatment. This article also lists the age groups it is approved for and discuses "off-label" uses.)

Pegfilgrastim for Cancer

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