Which medications in the drug class Colony-stimulating Factors are used in the treatment of Multiple Myeloma?

Updated: Jul 15, 2019
  • Author: Dhaval Shah, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Colony-stimulating Factors

Colony-stimulating factors induce erythropoiesis.

Epoetin alfa, erythropoietin (Epogen, Procrit)

Erythropoietin stimulates the division and differentiation of committed erythroid progenitor cells and induces the release of reticulocytes from bone marrow into the blood stream.

Erythropoietin is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the kidneys to stimulate bone marrow production of red blood cells. In patients with MM, administration of exogenous erythropoietin may correct anemia, leading to a significant improvement in performance status and quality of life.


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