Effect of bovine colostrum on the absolute neutrophil Counts of acute lymphocytic leukemia patients undergoing Chemotherapy: A double-blind randomized placebo-controlled Study

Author(s): Edith Cyrill L Caysido

Background: Changes in the blood cell counts, such as leukopenia and neutropenia, in patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) are common events following chemotherapy. These commonly delay further administration of chemotherapeutic agents. Furthermore, the risk of infection rises correspondingly with the degree of neutropenia. Bovine colostrum is a rich source of immunoglobulins and other antimicrobial factors. These immunoglobulins are believed to improve the immune function and may be effective in the prevention of neutropenia following chemotherapy.