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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Terapia santuario del SNC

CNS sanctuary therapy (SANK-choo-wayr-ee THAYR-uh-pee)
Chemotherapy or radiation therapy given to the central nervous system (CNS) as a preventive treatment. It kills cancer cells that may be in the brain and spinal cord, even though no cancer has been detected there. Also called central nervous system prophylaxis, central nervous system sanctuary therapy, and CNS prophylaxis.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.