Review: Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents increase mortality in patients with cancer

Matulonis, Ursula; Engert, A.
September 2009
ACP Journal Club;9/22/2009, Vol. 151 Issue 3, p5
Academic Journal
The article presents the findings of a study to assess whether erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) used for prevention or treatment of anemia increase mortality in patients with cancer. Studies included a comparison between ESAs plus red blood cell (RBC) transfusions and RBC transfusion alone for treatment of anemia. The study revealed that ESAs increase mortality in patients who have cancer and anemia or potential for anemia.


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