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Chemotherapy - systemic treatment with a variety of chemical agents - is commonly used to treat patients with lymphomas and other cancers. For lymphomas, chemotherapies are often particularly effective.
Chemo-protective: a quality of some drugs, foods, or lifestyles that may protect healthy tissue from the toxic effects of anticancer drugs, or carcinogens in the environment.
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Chemo-enhancement: a property of some drugs, foods, or lifestyles that may increase the effectiveness of anticancer drugs by increasing uptake of the drugs into cancer cells, or making the cells more sensitive to the effects.
Note: it is always possible that interventions with chemo-protective & -enhancing properties may have unintended adverse consequences when used when receiving treatments. Only well- designed clinical trials can provide the data for informed use.
IMPORTANT: Discussion of the use of supplements with your physicians is particularly important when undergoing treatment.
The purpose of this page is to provide links to reputable sources of information on practices that may protect them from side effects and/or enhance the effects of chemotherapy. We hope the summary and sources will assist patients in consultations with their doctors to make better-informed decisions.
Biologics, with trade names such as Neumega®, Neupogen®, and Procrit® can help to restore blood counts, and protect you from many side effects associated with chemotherapy. Importantly, these new therapies can help to keep you on treatment schedule, which could be important to how effective your treatment will be.
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