If you have neutropenia, your health care team may give you hematopoietic growth factors. Growth factors are special proteins that can cause your bone marrow to make more white blood cells. Growth factors work like your own body does when it is healthy.
Growth factors are only used when necessary. They are not given to all patients. Your health care team will talk with you about what is best for you.
Growth factors are given using a needle. They are injected into your skin or into your vein.
Growth factors have side effects. These will be different for each person.
The most common side effect is bone pain. This may be a dull ache or discomfort in the bones of your back, arms, legs or hips.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help with the pain. This pain is usually mild and goes away once you have stopped treatment with growth factors.
Sometimes the skin around the injection (needle) site can get red or itchy. This will go away when the injections are finished.
You might get fever and chills when you get growth factors.
Tell your health care team if you have any side effects.