Immunological Aspects of Cancer Chemotherapy
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The immune response may be related to cancer chemotherapy in several ways. First, the patient with advanced cancer may have depressed immunological responsiveness prior to commencement of chemotherapy. Secondly, chemotherapy itself may markedly influence the immune response. Finally, chemotherapy and immunotherapy may be used together in the treatment of specific neoplasms. Before discussing these in detail, it is pertinent to review the immune response and the techniques by which it can be assessed.
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