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Gemcitabine Hydrochloride Medication
Not known as such: Anything is possible, but this is not a common known side effect of gemzar/gemcitabine which has many side effects. You are taking this med, likely that you are on something else as well which may be the cause. Also, when ill, sugar levels tend to rise as well. Best is to consult your doc... Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Mildly: Gemzar (gemcitabine), (gemcitabine) a form of chemotherapy can be used in non resectable lung cancer. It usually follows a couse of standard chemo such as Platinum/Taxol. When used in pancreatic Ca it is given with Abraxane, a form of Taxol which enhances Gemzar (gemcitabine) by a few weeks. After tumors respond to chemo which affects the tumor DNA, stem cells resistant to chemo reappear. Better results are now seen with anti PD-1. ...Read more
Side effects vary: Gemzar (gemcitabine) is generally well tolerated given weekly 2 out of 3 or 3 out of 4 weeks per cycle. Usually does not cause hair loss or neuropathy. Taxol can be given weekly or every 3 weeks and with risk of reactions during infusion (steroid premedication needed), some hair loss and significant neuropathy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gemzar (gemcitabine) carbo chemotherapy can cause leg edema for how long it will last after treatment is finished?
Rare: It is not common, but if does it should resolve in few days after chemo i believe. ...Read more
Do you know if there are less toxic chemotherapeutic agents than gemzar (gemcitabine) and carboplatin for treating bladder cancer?
Bladder cancer: You need to speak to the oncologist (P) involved with the care of the patient. There are 4 different types of bladder cancer and the treatment the patient is currently on may be the best and/or only choice. Speak to the O caring for the patient for information as to why the O chose those drugs, as the O knows the patient the best and can give you a meaningful response. Good luck. ...Read more
In general, is Gemzar (gemcitabine) as chemo for pancreatic cancer more potent with many more side effects that most other agents, like 5-FU?
One of the best drug: Gemzar (gemcitabine) was the first approved drug and was superior to 5-FU for treating this cancer . So it continues to be the key drugs in the newer combinatiions being developed(or recently developed such as NAb-Paclitaxel+Gemzar (gemcitabine)). It does not have any serious toxicities just lowers the blood counts which is mostly inconsequential. ...Read more
It depends: The success of gemcitabine (or other chemotherapy) depends on several factors. Where the cancer is, what prior treatments have been administered, and if anything in addition to gemcitabine is being administered. Gemcitabine is effective in about 1/3 of patients treated if it is the first drug administered for metastatic breast cancer. These chances decline if it is the 2nd, 3rd or later treatment. ...Read more
My father 62 was this week diagnostiqued with pancreatic cancer with stomach and liver metastazis, next weeek will recive chemo with gemzar (gemcitabine)?
Very much so: Gemcitabine is a chemotherapeutic agent that kills cancer cells undergoing DNA synthesis. It appears to act through inhibition of DNA polymerase. It is given by intravenous infusion, over a period of 30 minutes. Possible Side Effects include effect on WBC and on the GI tract for which one takes anti-nausea medications including antacids, (e.g. milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) calcium tablets such as Tums), sal ...Read more
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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