Quiz 56: Basic Principles of Antineoplastic Therapy


Although cancer is not a contagious disease, baby visiting is not allowed in case of patients receiving chemotherapy. The cancer patients themselves do not pose any risk to children but the bodily secretions of the chemotherapy patients and the potentially contaminated surfaces may cause harm to the children.

Vaccination is an immunization procedure in which a person develops immunity particularly against a specific pathogen. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the causative agent of cervical cancer, which is one of the most prominent cancers in women. HPV vaccination is highly recommended as it provides prevention from the colon cancer. The HPV vaccine is given to all adolescents at an age of 11 through 12 years. The schedule of HPV vaccine includes three dose series at 0, 1-2 and 6 months.

Cheryl is prescribed with the chemotherapy drugs after the surgical removal of the tumour to kill or inhibit the growth of tumour cells if any left or those spread to the other regions in the body. This reduces the risk of occurrenc e of cancer in the future (relapse).

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