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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Terapia de mantenimiento

Maintenance therapy (MAYN-teh-nunts THAYR-uh-pee)
Treatment that is given to help keep cancer from coming back after it has disappeared following the initial therapy. It may include treatment with drugs, vaccines, or antibodies that kill cancer cells, and it may be given for a long time.

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