Clinical Oncology

[Management of febrile neutropenia in the oncological practice]


FEBRUARY 20, 2014

Clinical Oncology - 2014;1(01)

[Febrile neutropenia is one of the most feared complications of anti-tumor therapy. It can either herald potentially fatal infection or contribute to suboptimal dose-intensity of cancer treatment. Optimal management of affected patients is based upon a multi-disciplinary approach dependent on several factors. Knowledge on institutional epidemiology and predefi ned management strategies improve quality and outcome of anti-infective therapy. In an era of more and more resistant pathogens and erosion of the antimicrobial armamentarium clinicians taking care of cancer patients carry increased responsibility in their professional activity. Here questions of practical importance related to prevention and therapy of neutropenic infections are outlined.]



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