Chemotherapy nerve injury impedes blood stem cell regeneration

05/10/2013 | Oncology Nurse Advisor online

Chemotherapy-induced nerve damage in the bone marrow can hamper the regeneration of blood stem cells, which may cause anemia, according to an animal study reported in the journal Nature Medicine. Using nerve-protecting agents with chemotherapy may lower the risk of injury to sympathetic nerves in the bone marrow, researchers said.

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