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Monday, November 7, 2011
Patients at Risk for Hepatitis B Are Not Adequately Screened Before Receiving Chemotherapy Leading to the Preventable Reactivation of Hepatitis B Infection
For patients with HBV infection, the danger is that their hepatitis B virus can be reactivated by chemotherapy. While those with reactivated HBV infection can be treated with antiviral therapy, initiating antiviral prophylaxis prior to chemotherapy can prevent reactivation. Using well-known HBV risk factors, a greater percentage of cancer patients with HBV infection can be accurately identified and successfully treated before starting chemotherapy.