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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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How long do the drugs for chemotherapy and rituxan (rituximab) stay in the system after you're finished?

How long do the drugs for chemotherapy and rituxan (rituximab) stay in the system after you're finished?

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 more

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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 (rituximab) is an atibody against cd 20-is a targeted tx-not cytotoxic chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Is it possible to to have kids with chemotherapy and radiation drugs?

Is it possible to to have kids with chemotherapy and radiation drugs?

Depends on regimen: There are many people who have kids who previously had been treated for cancer. Oncologists can somewhat predict who may have problems with fertility based on knowing what chemotherapy medications (and their cumulative dose) and what type and location of radiation were given to a patient. Some regimens cause infertility, while others do not, and many regimens fall into a gray area. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could buy novantrone (chemotherapy drug) online, or from other sources in north america?

Can you tell me how I could buy novantrone (chemotherapy drug) online, or from other sources in north america?

Why?: Chemotherapy agents are very toxic drugs that require special storage, mixing, and administration. This is to be done by professionals with expertise, not a "weekend oncologist". Do not play with this stuff. You could harm yourself and others. ...Read more

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What are the names of chemotherapy's drugs in pill form?

Tthere are quite a f: Most chemo drugs are available injectable form only. The few that are in tablet form include capecitabine(Xeloda), Methotrexate and cyclophosphamide. The more modern, so called targeted drugs developed in the last 10-15 years are mostly made in tablet form. ...Read more

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How expensive are chemotherapy drugs?

How expensive are chemotherapy drugs?

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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In what ways can chemotherapy drugs affect the nervous system?

In what ways can chemotherapy drugs affect the nervous system?

Certain drugs: Effect micro-tubules: te "v" drugs, vincriine, vinblastine, and the taxames too. These form the mitotic spindle in dividing cells. But similar tubules are involved in ionic transport in nerve conduction and the drugs mess up causinig numbness and tingling. ...Read more

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What is the major chemotherapy agent in anti-cancer drugs?

What is the major chemotherapy agent in anti-cancer drugs?

Various: there is a large number of chemotherapy drugs, available by injection and orally. The list would exceed space available here. ...Read more

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Can the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel causes everyone's hair to fall out?

Can the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel causes everyone's hair to fall out?

Most but not all: Hair loss is seen in 85% of patients receiving paclitaxel, so the answer is not all but most patients will have temporary alopecia. ...Read more

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Can you tell me can I take chemotherapy drugs and sleeping pills at the same time?

Your physician will: Know your specific chemotherapy medications, your state of health and you can share information about which ever specific sleeping medications you are considering with him or her. You may be taking medications beyond your chemotherapy drugs. I think it would it be in your best interest to discuss this one with your physician. ...Read more

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I was wondering does the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel causes your hair to fall out?

I was wondering does the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel causes your hair to fall out?

Yet it does: Unfortunately Paclitaxel is harsh on your hair and usually causes complete or near complete baldness.But it is temporary. ...Read more

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What is the risk to cancer (oncology) nurses from working with hazardous chemotherapy drugs?

What is the risk to cancer (oncology) nurses from working with hazardous chemotherapy drugs?

Zero: People working with cancer-fighting drugs did not have a higher risk of cancer themselves. ...Read more

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Why do chemotherapy regimens consist of multiple drugs instead of just one?

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 more

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What do chemotherapy drugs do to your body?

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 more

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