Ongoing therapy that immediately follows a positive response to initial therapy. The purpose of maintenance therapy is to safeguard the initial response and prevent any relapses from occurring. As such, maintenance therapy is generally continued for extended periods of time, sometimes for life.
preventive or suppressive therapy that follows successful initial treatment of an illness.
Chemotherapy medicine given to prolong a remission.
Therapy used over a long period of time to prolong the length of remission.
a therapy that prevents relapse at a particular dose in a proportion of patients, whereas the concept of steroid dependency refers to individual patients who relapse below an individual dose of steroid use
The use of treatment to prevent or delay the symptoms of a medical condition from returning.
Chemotherapy that is given to a cancer patient in remission to prevent a relapse.
The phase of therapy given to keep the cancer in remission.
taking medication regularly on a continuous basis and as prescribed by a doctor to help manage the symptoms of ulcerative colitis and increase the time between flare-ups . Also called remission therapy.
Treatment designed to help the original primary treatment succeed. Maintenance chemotherapy may be given to patients with cancer in remission to prevent a relapse.
means treatment that does not significantly enhance or increase the patient's function or productivity.
Drug therapy for an extended period after the initial disease has been brought under control. Maintenance therapy is usually used to keep a disease such as an opportunistic infection from recurring.
Chemotherapy that is given to leukemia patients in remission to prevent a relapse.
Treatment to prevent recurrence of a medical condition or disease.
extended drug therapy, usually at a diminished dose, administered after a disease has been brought under control. Maintenance therapy is utilized when a complete cure is not attainable, and a disease is likely to recur if therapy is halted. It is used for CHRONIC infections and tumors. So far, attempts at using maintenance therapy for HIV have been unsuccessful. See also INDUCTION THERAPY.
Treatment given after the primary, or original, treatment has finished to keep the cancer in remission or under control.
Use of a treatment after the disease(s) has been brought under control. For example, unless maintenance therapy is used against PCP, the disease will probably occur again.
Treatment that is given to help a primary (original) treatment keep working. Maintenance therapy is often given to help keep cancer in remission.
Also referred to as secondary prophylaxis. A therapy that prevents reoccurrence of an infection that has been brought under control.
Treatment used on a regular basis to prevent or reduce symptoms.
Extended drug therapy, usually minimal doses, administered after a disease has been brought under control. Maintenance therapy is used when a complete cure is not possible and the disease is likely to recur or worsen if therapy is stopped.
Lifelong therapy with anticopper drugs to prevent the reaccumulation of copper and copper toxicity. This phase of therapy occurs in patients who present with symptoms after copper toxicity has been brought under control by initial therapy. In presymptomatic patients, maintenance therapy begins when therapy is started. During maintenance therapy, monitoring for the long-term compliance with anticopper medications is necessary.
Treatment that is given to help reduce the risk of relapse in persons whose cancer is in remission.