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Child undergoing chemotherapy. A young cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy in a hospital ward, with his mother by his side. Chemotherapy in cancer normally involves the administration of a cytotoxic drug, frequently an alkylating agent. This is administered intravenously. Cytotoxics can result in a cure in a minority of cases, but are particularly used for survival prolongation or palliative relief of symptoms. Dosage of cytotoxins is treated on a case-by-case basis, and is administered by specially-trained personnel.
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