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Recent advances in the management of viral infections

  • John R. Wingard
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR)

Abstract

The immunocompromised cancer patient is vulnerable to a wide spectrum of viral pathogens (Table 1). There has been increasing recognition of viruses as clinically important pathogens in cancer patients during the past decade. In part this is attributable to improved diagnostic techniques to better recognize viral pathogens as causes of illnesses not earlier recognized to be virally caused. In part this is also due to the increasing dose intensity of cytoreductive regimens used to control cancer, the increasing use of bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in the treatment of neoplastic diseases, and improvements in supportive care that permit patients to survive bacterial and fungal infections that in the past might have led to death before viral illness became manifest. Thus, there are greater numbers of highly immunosuppressed patients with severe compromise in cell-mediated immunity, the major host defense against most viral pathogens.

Keywords

Bone Marrow Transplant Respiratory Syncytial Virus Immune Globulin Allogeneic Bone Marrow Hemorrhagic Cystitis 
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