Terms used in this guideline

Terms used in this guideline

Anticancer treatment Treatment that is given with the intent to reduce the level of cancer cells in a patient. It includes, but is not limited to, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Empiric An action undertaken prior to determination of the underlying cause of a problem.

Empiric antibiotic An antibiotic given to a person before a specific microorganism or source of the potential infection is known. It is usually a broad-spectrum antibiotic and the treatment may change if the microorganism or source is confirmed.

G-CSF (granulocyte-colony stimulating factor) A type of protein that stimulates the bone marrow to make white blood cells (granulocytes).

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