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Is Rituxan Considered A Chemotherapy Drug
Not really: Rituxan 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 a biologic therapy, not chemotherapy. Hope that helps! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Up to 3 months: Chemotherapy leaves the body very quickly, usually within 24 hours. Rituxan (rituximab) is a monoclonal antibody, which is a protein. It's half-life is one-week, meaning it takes 7 days for half the amount to be gone from your system, and another 7 days for half of the remaining amount to be gone, etc. Rituxan can still be measured in the blood up to 3 months after a dose! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I asked the question before if rytuxin was a chemotherapy drug. 50% of the doctors said no and the other 50% said yes. So what is the true answer?
Chemo: Chemotherapy can have 2 meanings- 1st- is treatment given to kill cancer. 2nd. Many of us use chemotherapy as a term for cytotoxic chemotherapy/regular chemo. Nowadays, in addition to regular cytotoxic chemo, we also have many biological tx/antibody/targeted tx/smart pill etc. Those new therapy are not cytotoxic chemo. Rituxan is an atibody against cd 20-is a targeted tx-not cytotoxic chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes not: Your oncologist will search out the most likely single or combination program, that you can tolerate to kill the cancer with out killing you... To put it bluntly. This takes a great deal of experience and trials with close follow up of your response to manage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: Chemotherapy kills cells that rapidly divide. These include hair cells and cells lining your stomach, intestines and mouth, and blood cells. Different chemotherapies have different side effects, but many cause hair loss, diarrhea and indigestion, mouth sores and decreased blood counts. Some cause heart damage, hearing loss, or nerve damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies with each dru: Many of the older drugs, widely used even now, are not too expensive. This includes nearly all of Chemotherapy drugs. The more modern drugs called targeted agents are more expensive, typically costing 6K-10K USD per rmonth. The brand new drugs in the last 5 years have started costing 10K-12K USD/month, which has created a lot of unrest in the medical community as it is no longer affordbable. ...Read more
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