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Old 12-28-2011
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Hi all:
Can someone please explain why can we treat fanconi anemia with androgen?

And can we use andregen to treat other kinds of anemia?

Thank you!
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Before improvements made stem cell transplants more effective, androgen therapy was the standard treatment for people who had FA. Androgens are man-made male hormones that can help your body make more blood cells for long periods.

Androgens increase your red blood cell and platelet counts. They don't work as well at raising your white blood cell count.

Unlike a stem cell transplant, androgens don't allow your bone marrow to make enough of all three types of blood cells on its own. You may need ongoing treatment with androgens to control the effects of FA.

Also, over time, androgens lose their ability to help your body make more blood cells, which means you'll need other treatments.

Androgen therapy can have serious side effects, such as liver disease. This treatment also can't prevent you from developing leukemia (a type of blood cancer).
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