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The intended outcome of second-line treatment.

The intended outcome of second-line treatment may be curative, which is designed to cure the basic disease, or non-curative, (palliative or supportive care), which is directed at relieving symptoms such as pain without curing the disease.


National Cancer Institute, 2008. Dictionary of Cancer Terms. Definition of second-line therapy. Viewed June 14, 2011, <>

Stedman TL 2006. Stedman's Medical Dictionary. 28th edition. Maryland: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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