Principles of Chemotherapy
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Cytotoxic drugs have now been in clinical use for thirty years, and during this time it has been shown that some forms of human cancer can be completely eradicated by this form of treatment. Initial success with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in children, and the treatment of advanced lymphomas, has led to trials of chemotherapy against most forms of cancer. Variable results have been obtained, as indicated in Table 6.1. This list clearly is not exhaustive, but serves to indicate that, while a dozen or so malignant diseases can be usefully treated with chemotherapy, the same drugs prove almost wholly ineffective against certain other forms of cancer.
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