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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



high-dose chemotherapy  listen  (hy-dose kee-moh-THAYR-uh-pee)

  An intensive drug treatment to kill cancer cells, but that also destroys the bone marrow and can cause other severe side effects. High-dose chemotherapy is usually followed by bone marrow or stem cell transplantation to rebuild the bone marrow.