high-dose chemotherapy

Pronunciation: (hy-dose kee-moh-THAYR-uh-pee)

An intensive drug treatment to kill cancer cells, but that also destroys the bone marrow and can cause other severe side effects. High-dose chemotherapy is usually followed by bone marrow or stem cell transplantation to rebuild the bone marrow.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2003-11-20 Date last modified: 2006-06-22