Advances in cancer treatment have resulted in growing use of chemotherapy treatment (also known as Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy or SACT): the National Chemotherapy Advisory Group (NCAG) reported a 60% increase in treatments delivered between 2003 and 2007.1
Chemotherapy is delivered in a wide range of patient groups as part of both potentially curative and palliative management plans. In potentially curative treatment regimens maximum tolerated doses of drugs are delivered to achieve greatest efficacy. With palliative treatments the principle aim is to relieve or delay cancer related symptoms and therefore chemotherapy doses are often adjusted to minimise treatment related toxicity.
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