NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,413 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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intensive chemotherapy
(in-TEN-siv KEE-moh-THAYR-uh-pee)
Treatment that uses anticancer drugs given at high doses or over several months to try to cure cancer or cause a remission. Intensive chemotherapy is used to treat certain types of cancer, including leukemia and lymphoma, and may be given with other therapy before a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. It can lower the number of normal blood-forming cells in the bone marrow and can cause other severe side effects, so it is usually given in a hospital.