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A type of cancer treatment using medicine that kills the cancer cells by damaging them so that they cannot reproduce and spread


A group of viruses that cause disease in mammals and birds but may also affect humans


A disease caused by a type of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2

Curative (treatment)

A treatment that is intended to cure the cancer

Immunosuppressive drugs

Types of drugs that suppress or reduce the strength of the body's immune system

Maintenance therapy

Treatment that is given to help keep cancer from coming back after it has disappeared following the initial therapy

Myelosuppressive (treatment)

Treatment that stops or slows the growth of blood-forming cells in the bone marrow


An abnormally low level of neutrophils (a type of white blood cell) in the blood, which increases risk of infection


A type of white blood cell that play an important role in fighting off infection. They serve as the primary defense against infections by destroying bacteria, bacterial fragments and immunoglobulin-bound viruses in the blood


A disease that is prevalent around the world

Prophylactic growth factors

Growth factors can reduce complications of chemotherapy-induced myelosuppression. They can prevent neutropenia and improve quality of life


Treatment involving the use of high-energy radiation, which is commonly used to treat cancer


Treatment plan

White blood cell

A type of blood cell that is part of the body’s immune system. White blood cells help the body fight infections

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