Maintenance therapy

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Maintenance therapy is a medical therapy that is designed to help a primary treatment succeed.[1] For example, maintenance chemotherapy may be given to people who have a cancer in remission in an attempt to prevent a relapse.[2] This form of treatment is also a common approach for the management of many incurable, chronic diseases such as periodontal disease, Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.[3][4]


  1. ^ Definition of Maintenance therapy at MedicineNet
  2. ^ Berinstein NL (2006). "Principles of maintenance therapy". Leuk. Res. 30 Suppl 1: S3–10. doi:10.1016/S0145-2126(06)80002-0. PMID 16750676.
  3. ^ Pastagia J, Nicoara P, Robertson PB (2006). "The effect of patient-centered plaque control and periodontal maintenance therapy on adverse outcomes of periodontitis". J Evid Based Dent Pract. 6 (1): 25–32. doi:10.1016/j.jebdp.2005.12.009. PMID 17138393.
  4. ^ Orchard T, Probert CS, Keshav S (2006). "Review article: maintenance therapy in patients with ulcerative colitis". Aliment. Pharmacol. Ther. 24 Suppl 1: 17–22. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2036.2006.03071.x. PMID 16939425.

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