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 (kē′mō-thĕr′ə-pē, kĕm′ō-)
1. The treatment of cancer using specific chemical agents or drugs that are selectively destructive to malignant cells and tissues.
2. The treatment of disease using chemical agents or drugs that are selectively toxic to the causative agent of the disease, such as a virus, bacterium, or other microorganism.

che′mo·ther′a·peu′tic (-pyo͞o′tĭk) adj.
che′mo·ther′a·peu′ti·cal·ly adv.
che′mo·ther′a·pist n.


(Medicine) of or used in chemotherapy
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Adj.1.chemotherapeutic - of or relating to chemotherapy
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Group III: (chemotherapeutic and ghrelin treated group; n=30) was treated with both chemotherapeutic drugs for 3 days and ghrelin for 14 days.
The programme is to concentrate on advanced liver cancer where current chemotherapeutic treatment options are limited and the typical survival period is six months.
But we received the best results when we pre-treated cancer cells with apigenin for 24 hours, then applied the chemotherapeutic drug gemcitabine for 36 hours," said Elvira de Mejia, a U of I professor of food chemistry and food toxicology.
Mejia asserted that they received the best results when they pre-treated cancer cells with apigenin for 24 hours, then applied the chemotherapeutic drug gemcitabine for 36 hours.
There are several chemotherapeutic drugs available for treatment if the cancer is diagnosed at an early (non-malignant) stage.
In the late-stage study, patients received Nexavar in combination with chemotherapeutic drugs carboplatin and paclitaxel.
Calgary, Canada) has been granted United States Patent 7,264,798 entitled "Sensitization of Chemotherapeutic Agent Resistant Neoplastic Cells with a Virus.
If we could turn down the metabolic activity of normal tissue, reducing its sensitivity to chemotherapeutic drugs, while the cancer cells remained vulnerable, chemotherapy would simultaneously become less toxic and more effective.
Three current local chemotherapeutic agents are reviewed in this paper: doxycycline gel, chlorhexidine chip and minocycline microspheres.
LOS ANGELES -- Chemotherapy during pregnancy may not lead to an elevated rate of fetal malformations if it is given after the first trimester, according to a report on the first 619 cases entered into the federal Registry of Pregnancies Exposed to Chemotherapeutic Agents.
Since subtilases are found in genomes of all the Apicomplexa sequenced to date, they may represent a novel chemotherapeutic target.
Unfortunately, this therapeutic ideal is seldom attained because cancer cells naturally have certain means to resist the action of chemotherapeutic agents.