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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


thrombopoietin  listen  (THROM-boh-POY-eh-tin)

  A substance made by the body that helps make blood cells, especially platelets. A form of thrombopoietin made in the laboratory is called recombinant human thrombopoietin and rHu thrombopoietin. Thrombopoietin is being studied as a way to increase the number of platelets in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Also called TPO.