specific therapy

spe·cif·ic ther·a·py

therapy aimed at the cause(s) of a disease process, as opposed to symptomatic therapy.

specific therapy

Administration of a remedy acting directly against the cause of a disease, as penicillin for syphilis or acyclovir for herpes simplex virus. See: nonspecific therapy

spe·cif·ic ther·a·py

(spĕ-sifik thāră-pē)
Treatment aimed at cause(s) of a disease process, as opposed to symptomatic therapy.
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Our findings may ultimately lead to the identification of a novel and specific therapy for lung cancer.
According to the blood cancer treatment firm, which was launched out of Harvard Medical School, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and MIT, its BH3 profiling technology seeks to displace current treatments by developing predictive clinical tests that may be used to identify when a specific therapy will or will not be effective in a particular patient.
Rachel Laing, a University of California graduate researcher, said: "The PET scan offers a preview for how the tumour will react to a specific therapy.
While most viruses do not currently have a specific therapy, there are specific therapies for several viruses such as influenza and certain herpes viruses.
Therefore I posted a confidential questionnaire to all anaesthetists in our department asking if they were aware of any specific therapy available for the treatment of massive LA overdose.
Although there is no specific therapy, retinal hemorrhage may be an indication for early and aggressive correction of thrombocytopenia.
The breakthrough could mean advances in treatments for people with cadasil, a condition which currently has no specific therapy.
HRSA emphasizes that no specific therapy has been found to treat WNV and any treatment recommended is supportive only.
No specific therapy is necessary, although it is important to define an etiologic agent, if possible, to prevent recurrence.
Sequencing assays are used to assess the genetic make-up of viral specimens and are used in making specific therapy decisions in order to optimize patient outcomes.
asthma, lead intoxication, or allergic alveolitis); an incorrect diagnosis could prevent patients from receiving appropriate specific therapy.
Those early human tests hint so strongly at a specific therapy with virtually no side effects that the biotech company AutoImmune in Lexington, Mass.

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