Antibacterial prophylaxis reduced the incidence of fever in patients receiving chemotherapy for solid tumors or lymphoma

March 2006
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2006, Vol. 144 Issue 2, p42
Academic Journal
This article presents a study which states that antibacterial prophylaxis reduced the incidence of fever in patients receiving chemotherapy for solid tumors or lymphoma. In this study 1565 patients 16 to 83 years of age who were starting cytotoxic chemotherapy for solid tumors, including breast cancer, lung cancer, and testicular cancer or lymphoma and were at risk for bacterial infection because of anticipated cyclic neutropenia. 45% of patients completed 6 cycles of chemotherapy and 79% received the study drug for the duration of chemotherapy.


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