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How do growth factors treat myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases?

People with myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases do not produce adequate blood cells. Growth factors such as erythropoietin, G-CSF, and oprelvekin may help your body to replenish depleted supplies. Erythropoietin stimulates red blood cell growth, G-CSF stimulates white cell growth, and oprelvekin stimulates the formation of platelets. These drugs are used in the treatment of chronic myelomonocytic leukemia.

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