This is from the introduction to an article about one chemotherapeutic drug in the Management of Breast Cancer.
From Oncology 5/9/01
"Despite the common clinical use of numerous active cytotoxic
agents for breast cancer therapy, and the combinations that
are derived from them, the median survival for patients with
metastatic breast cancer has not been dramatically improved
over the past two decades.
Furthermore, when the expected
outcome of treatment is not cure, optimizing the dynamic
equilibrium between chemotherapy-induced side effects
and the benefits attributable to chemotherapy-mediated relief
of cancer-related symptomatology becomes paramount.
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