Medication Effects On Bone Marrow


Bone marrow is a spongy matrix located in the bones which manufactures all of the different blood cells. Bone marrow cells are in a more rapid state of division and therefore are also destroyed by chemotherapy. This is known as Bone Marrow Suppression.

There are three basic types of blood cells:

  • White blood cells fight infection
  • Red blood cells carry oxygen
  • Platelets aid in clotting blood 

Your Bone Marrow

  • Your CBC (Complete Blood Count) will be followed closely during the time you are on a chemotherapy regimen and will be done 1-2 days prior to treatment.
  • The CBC will show the effects of the chemotherapy regimen on the blood cells.