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Host impairments in patients with neoplastic diseases

  • Ben E. De Pauw
  • J. Peter Donnelly
  • Bart-Jan Kullberg
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR)

Abstract

In the course of evolution nature has provided the normal human individual with an impressive and effective defense system against microbial enemies that eclipses even Star Wars, arguably the most advanced and ingenious defense program ever designed by human beings. On its own, the normal defense system recognizes foreign invaders, alerts the relevant protective mechanisms, launches counterattacks, ceases hostilities as soon as the job is done, and clears up the battlefield, causing only negligible collateral damage. An intact system offers protection against most microbial aggressors through a complex interrelationship of protecting surfaces, cells, and soluble factors.

Keywords

Antimicrob Agent Alimentary Tract Neutropenic Patient Estramustine Phosphate Colonization Resistance 
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  • Ben E. De Pauw
  • J. Peter Donnelly
  • Bart-Jan Kullberg

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