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How does chemotherapy treat myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases?

Myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases are often treated with chemotherapy. Busulphan, hydroxyurea, etoposide, and 6-mercaptourine are used in the management of chronic myelomonocytic leukemia. Atypical chronic myelogenous leukemia may be treated with busulphan or hydroxyurea. These drugs work by targeting cells that are growing and dividing too quickly. While chemotherapeutic agents can be toxic to many cells in your body, they are especially toxic to the rapidly dividing cancer cells.

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