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What exactly is induction chemotherapy?

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Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Induction: Induction chemo is usually use in cases when it requires large tumors to decrease in their size and bulk.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Chemotherapy: Induction chemotherapy often refers to the initial round of chemotherapy given to treat leukemia.
Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Induction......: Chemotherapy refers to the initial chemotherapy administered to treat a cancer. The term is classically connected to leukemia treatment, where the goal of induction therapy is to "induce" a remission. The term has been expanded to address similar concepts in the solid tumor world. The definition of remission has evolved through the years for each type of cancer as detection abilities improve.

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