Yes. Yes. There are several ways to manage and treat thrombocytopenia due to a side effect of chemotherapy.
To avoid bruising, other injury, or bleeding during routine activities, cancer patients with thrombocytopenia can:
• Use a toothbrush with soft bristles
• Shave with an electric razor, rather than with a razor blade
• Perform mild, low-impact types of exercise (e.g., walking and/or swimming)
Some patients with thrombocytopenia due to a side effect of chemotherapy are treated with one or more of the following approaches:
• Injection with Neumega (oprelvekin), a biological medication based on the growth factor, interleukin-11, which stimulates the growth of certain cells and maturation of other cells (such as platelets) in the bone marrow
• Platelet transfusion
• Blood transfusion
Thrombocytopenia is the presence of a low level (i.e., low count) of platelets (a type of cell that normally helps the blood to clot after an injury has occurred) in the blood. Raising the platelet count in patients with thrombocytopenia can restore the normal ability of the blood to clot.