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1. an agent or method that causes something else to change.
biologic response modifier (BRM) (biological response modifier) a method or agent, such as a cytokine, monoclonal antibody, or vaccine, that alters host-tumor interaction. This is usually accomplished by amplifying the antitumor mechanisms of the immune system, but it also may be effected by mechanisms that affect host or tumor cell characteristics, either directly or indirectly. Called also biomodulator.
problem modifier on level three of the problem classification scheme of the omaha system, either of the two sets of terms used in conjunction with client problems, allowing the nurse to identify ownership of the problem and its degree of severity in relation to client interest, risk factors, and signs or symptoms.
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n. pl. biothera·pies
Treatment of disease with biologics, such as certain drugs, vaccines, or antitoxins.
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A highly nonspecific term for any treatment of any condition with anything that is or was at some point alive.

Alternative medicine
The term biotherapy has been utilised by a number of complementary and alternative medicine providers and will have ad hoc definitions according to the purveyor of the individual therapy.

Mainstream medicine
(1) Immunotherapy, see there.
(2) Treatment with genetically engineered products.
(3) The use of organ extracts in managing a condition—e.g., thyroid tissue extracts.
(4) The International Biotherapy Society lists maggot debridement therapy, hirudotherapy, apitherapy and ichthiotherapy as forms of biotherapy.
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Some of the nurses in IR have taken the ONS Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course but have not completed the hands-on portion.
Chemotherapy and biotherapy guidelines and recommendations for practice (3rd ed.).
Highly stressed hospital workers in Japan reported improved psychological well-being after taking Wellmune WGP, from Biothera, for 2 weeks, according to a new peer-reviewed study published in Biotherapy, the official journal of the Japan Society for Biological Therapy.
This resource for those investigating liver pathophysiology, liver development, liver stem cells, and liver biotherapy describes methods and technical protocols for researching hepatocytes, as well as review chapters on hepatocyte biology, with information on isolation, culture, differentiation and stem cells, and the use of hepatocytes in clinical, basic, and applied research.
Traditionally, management of cancer revolves around four common themes that include: surgery, radiation (XRT), chemotherapy, and biotherapy.
Patients may have been previously treated with surgery, adjuvant therapy, and/or biotherapy, but cannot have been previously treated with cytotoxic chemotherapy.
[[double dagger]] M.D., Anesthetist, Department of Anesthesiology, State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy of Cancer, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Sichuan.
- Eric Evans of Targeted Cell Therapies, LLC, which is working on orally delivered biotherapy.
Caraher is proud to point out that CCONS has had nine Pearl Moore Career Development awardees, three Clinical Lectureship recipients, two Excellence in Biotherapy awardees, one AOCN[R] of the Year awardee, and six Overall Best Newsletter Awards.
Probiotics have been suggested as bioprophylaxis or biotherapy. However, the few studies that have been done with standardized prohiotics have shown no effect on C.