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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Alemtuzumab (Overview)

Alemtuzumab is a cancer-related immune system affecting agent which is a kind of cancer drug.


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Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) chemotherapy?

Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) chemotherapy?

Yes.: Generic name of Cytoxan is cyclophosphamide. It is a drug commonly used to treat a variety of cancers, but may also be used to treat some autoimmune disorders, such as lupus. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Alemtuzumab (Overview)

Alemtuzumab is a cancer-related immune system affecting agent which is a kind of cancer drug.


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Hello.What is the mechanism of alemtuzumab?!

Antibody: Alemtuzumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody that is directed against a specific b- lymphocyte ( a type of white blood cells) receptor called cd-52 and used in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia . All patients receiving this drug should get prophylactic antivirals and antibiotics. ...Read more

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Glatiramer acetate (copaxone) vs. Interferon?

Glatiramer acetate (copaxone) vs. Interferon?

See answer below: Both are used in rrms with similar efficacy levels. Copaxone (glatiramer) does not need blood monitoring and is administered as a subcutaneous sc injection daily. Side effects include injection site reactions. Interferons need lab work monitoring, can be a weekly injection into a muscle (avonex), every other day sc (betaseron) or three times a week sc (rebif). Most commo side effects include flu-like symptoms. ...Read more

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What are interferon alpha-2a and pegylated interferon alfa-2a (pegasys)?

2 versions 1 drug: They are the same drug except that the pegylation makes that drug longer acting, so it can be given less often. ...Read more

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What is cimzia (certolizumab pegol) injections used for?

What is cimzia (certolizumab pegol) injections used for?

Cimzia (certolizumab pegol): Certolizumab, a biological drug, very expensive, used to treat some auto-immune diseases in selected cases ...Read more

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Estrogen receptor ER positive breast cancer adjuvant Taxol (paclitaxel) benefits?

Estrogen receptor ER positive breast cancer adjuvant Taxol (paclitaxel) benefits?

Get Oncotype: In order to answer this question, more details are needed (size of tumor, lymph node involvement, etc). A test that will help to decide if you need chemotherapy or not is the oncotype dx. I highly recommend you speak with your oncologist and even consider a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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How is chemo drug - docetaxel (taxotere)?

How is chemo drug - docetaxel (taxotere)?

?: Sorry but your question makes no sense. What do you want to know about docetaxel? ...Read more

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What causes herceptin (trastuzumab) headache?

What causes herceptin (trastuzumab) headache?

Let me explain: The thoery is Herceptin (trastuzumab) infusion cause contious vasodilatation which is thought to provoke the headache. ...Read more

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What is adjuvant chemo?

What is adjuvant chemo?

Adjuvant chemo: Adjuvant chemo is chemotherapy that is given after curative surgical resection of a cancer. It is given to reduce risk of recurrence of cancer. ...Read more

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How does herceptin (trastuzumab) work?

How does herceptin (trastuzumab) work?

Binds to tumor: Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a man-made antibody that binds to cancer cells if they express the her2 receptor. It acts like "seasoning" for the immune system, attracting immune cells which kill the tumor cells. That's a simplistic explanation, because no one really understands what happens when Herceptin (trastuzumab) binds to tumor cells. There are many theories, but we know immune cells are necessary for it to work. ...Read more

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Is rituxan (rituximab) considered a chemotherapy drug?

Is rituxan (rituximab) considered a chemotherapy drug?

Not really: Rituxan (rituximab) is used to treat certain cancers as well as other non-cancer conditions. In the oncology world, we don't think of it as "chemotherapy" because it is a monoclonal antibody that is selective. We use the term chemotherapy for drugs that non-specifically kill fast-growing cells. We call Rituxan (rituximab) a biologic therapy, not chemotherapy. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What is Gemzar (gemcitabine)?

What is Gemzar (gemcitabine)?

Gemzar (gemcitabine): "Gemzar is used to treat cancers of the pancreas, lung, ovary, and breast. See: http://www.drugs.com/gemzar.html ...Read more

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Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) used for lupus?

Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) used for lupus?

Yes: Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) is used to treat some of the manifestations of lupus. Most commonly this can be involvement of organs such as the brain, kidneys etc. ...Read more

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Can gemcitabine be substituted for taxotere (docetaxel)?

Can gemcitabine be substituted for taxotere (docetaxel)?

Gem for taxotere (docetaxel): Short answer is no. It cannot be substituted. Now depending upon the underlying cancer whether lung, breast, pancreatic or any other primary solid tumor, one can use taxol, Abraxane or Navelbine (vinorelbine) (they are taxanes like taxotere). If we want to move to a different agent altogether, then Gemzar or a no of other drugs would be available depending upon what the primary tumor is. ...Read more

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Side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Heart failure: About 4% of women treated with Herceptin (trastuzumab) develop some weakness in their heart as measured by a muga test. This decrease in heart function is reversible when the drug is stopped. Other side effects of Herceptin (trastuzumab) can include allergic reaction, fatigue, headache and diarrhea. Most of my patients have no side effects! ...Read more

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How exactly does herceptin (trastuzumab) work?

How exactly does herceptin (trastuzumab) work?

Blocks cell growth: Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a "monoclonal antibody". It is a protein that binds to receptors on breast cancer cells called her-2. Her-2 causes breast cancer cells to grow uncontrollably. When Herceptin (trastuzumab) binds to these cells, it slows their growth. However, not all breast cancer cells contain the her-2 receptors. Patients must be tested for the presence of her-2 receptors before they are started on herceptin (trastuzumab). ...Read more

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Can doxil (liposomal doxorubicin) treat multiple myeloma?

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Can doxil (liposomal doxorubicin) treat multiple myeloma?

Yes: Yes, Doxil (liposomal doxorubicin) can be used to treat multiple myeloma. Discuss further in detail with your oncologist -whether the chemotherapy would be appropriate for your case. ...Read more

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Whats imatinib mesylate?

Whats imatinib mesylate?

Enzyme inhibitor: This drug, gleevec, (imatinib) is used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia and gastro-intestinal stromal tumors. It acts by inhibiting and enzyme produced by tumor cells. ...Read more

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Is the chemo drug, docetaxel (taxotere) a carboplatin based duplex ?

Is the chemo drug, docetaxel (taxotere) a carboplatin based duplex ?

YES DOUBLET: Taxotere (docetaxel) + carboplatin: is a combination regimen used in certain cancers like lung, ovary and breast (with herceptin). ...Read more

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What are side effects of campath (alemtuzumab)?

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What are side effects of campath (alemtuzumab)?

Campath (alemtuzumab): Alemtuzumab injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, mouth sores, headache, anxiety, supression of blood counts ( anemia, low white blood cells, low platelet, bleeding, infection, muscle pain, etc. Read more here: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a608053.Html. ...Read more

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Where can I find alemtuzumab 30 mg?

Where can I find alemtuzumab 30 mg?

Ask your oncologist: Alemtuzumab is dosed in 30 mg vials under the trade name Campath (alemtuzumab). It is no longer sold, but is available to patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), with registered oncologists thru a limited distribution program enforced by the drug maker. It will soon be available through neurologists under the name Lemtrada for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Same drug, lower dose, higher price. ...Read more

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What is alemtuzumab for? Does it treat MS?

What is alemtuzumab for? Does it treat MS?

Yes.: Alemtuzumab is a monoclonal antibody directed against a marker on some lymphocytes. It has proven activity against some stages of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (and related diseases) and also on some stages of multiple sclerosis. Alemtuzumab is the generic name. The formulation for MS has the trade name Lemtrada; the one for CLL has the trade name Campath (alemtuzumab). ...Read more

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Hello.What is the mechanism of alemtuzumab?!

Antibody: Alemtuzumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody that is directed against a specific b- lymphocyte ( a type of white blood cells) receptor called cd-52 and used in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia . All patients receiving this drug should get prophylactic antivirals and antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are side effects of campath (alemtuzumab)?

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Campath (alemtuzumab): Alemtuzumab injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, mouth sores, headache, anxiety, supression of blood counts ( anemia, low white blood cells, low platelet, bleeding, infection, muscle pain, etc. Read more here: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a608053.Html. ...Read more

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What are side effects of campath (alemtuzumab)?

What are side effects of campath (alemtuzumab)?

Campath (alemtuzumab): Is antibody used by injection to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Causes pneumonia, rash, GI upset, low blood counts. ...Read more

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What is the molecular structure of alemtuzumab? How does it work?

What is the molecular structure of alemtuzumab? How does it work?

Monoclonal antibody: Campath (alemtuzumab) -1H it is a monoclonal antibody ( immunoglobulin structure) a large protein that binds to CD 52 , a surface receptor on mature lymphocytes. The CD 52 bearing lymphocytes will be targeted for destruction This makes it a drug useful to treat CLL ,(chronic lymphocytic leukemia ) Was withdraw from the markets in 2012 to prepare for a launch of a more expensive drug to treat MS ...Read more

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What is the molecular structure of alemtuzumab? How does it work?

Anti-leukemia drug: This is hard to explain in 400 characters, but here is a website with a good explanation of the drug, it's uses, how it works, and other useful information. http://chemocare.com/chemotherapy/drug-info/alemtuzumab.aspx ...Read more

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Do you know if alemtuzumab could be used to cure multiple sclerosis?

Do you know if alemtuzumab could be used to cure multiple sclerosis?

Not a cure: But clearly one of the most potent meds ever developed for MS. Yet could be risky, even life threatening. However, in my research group, most of pts have been disease free for yrs, and take no current meds. Although not a cure, certainly a valuable therapeutic intervention. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Campath (alemtuzumab) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Campath (alemtuzumab) allergy?

Campath allergy: Campath (alemtuzumab) is a medication used in the treatment of B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: http://www.rxlist.com/campath-drug.htm ...Read more

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Am I dying?

Am I dying?

We all are: A 3-word question with no details... well, life is short on Earth, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal is not to live a long life, but to live a good life. Even if a person makes it all the way to age 82, that's only 30,000 days. ...Read more

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I have cold?

I have cold?

Symptoms?: The most common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, running nose, congestion and scratchy throat. Additional symptoms can be coughing, headaches, mucus dripping down the back of the throat, loss of appetite and fever (in children). ...Read more

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I have cold?

I have cold?

Cold: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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What is asp?

What is asp?

In acupuncture an: Asp is an acupuncture semi-permanent needle. They are made in germany & come in stainless steel, gold, silver & titanium. They are used for auricular (ear) acupuncture. They are usually referred to as "asp's". ...Read more

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Pls help me?

Help: In order to assist you - you need to provide us with more information. Please re-ask and clarify the question that you need help with. Take care. ...Read more

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Am i dying ?

I don't know: I don't know, john. Technically, every person who is alive will die someday, yes. But unless you have been diagnosed with some untreatable illness, then no, you are not actively dying. If this is something you worry about a lot, mention it to one of your parents, a close adult friend, or a school counselor. A lot of people have these kinds of worries and you can get help to not worry so much. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Campath (Definition)

Campath is a cancer-related immune system affecting agent which is a ...Read more