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What is Toposar (etoposide)?

What is Toposar (etoposide)?

Toposar (etoposide): Toposar (etoposide) treats cancer of the testicles and small cell lung cancer. ...Read more

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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

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How effectice is Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

How effectice is Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

Quite effective: Xeloda (capecitabine) is quite an effective drug and has been used in metastatic breast cancer. The response will be higher when it is combined with other chemotherapy agent- with additional possible side effects. Discuss further with you oncologist in detail. ...Read more

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Has anyone taken Xeloda (capecitabine) or zometa for mets?

Has anyone taken Xeloda (capecitabine) or zometa for mets?

These are 2 options: Xeloda (capecitabine) - is an oral chemotherapy drug that can be used for certain metastatic cancers alone or in combination with other chemotherapy drugs as palliative treatment. Zometa - is used in a situation where cancer has spread to the bones. Its not chemotherapy but a bisphosphanate, a medication used to prevent further weakening of bones by cancer and prevent fractures. In some situations both are given. ...Read more

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Is Xeloda (capecitabine) effective for breast cancer?

Is Xeloda (capecitabine) effective for breast cancer?

Xeloda (capecitabine) for breast ca: Xeloda (capecitabine) also known as Capecitabine is a very effective oral chemotherapy drug used for metastatic or stage 4 breast cancer. It can be used by itself (mono therapy) or as part of combination chemotherapy. Major side effects include diarrhea, hand foot syndrome, nausea and small chance of coronary spasm. It is well tolerated. Patients on Xeloda (capecitabine) need to be followed closely by medical oncologists. ...Read more

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Is nexavar (sorafenib) prescribed for hepatocellular carcinoma?

Is nexavar (sorafenib) prescribed for hepatocellular carcinoma?

Yes, for Stage 4: Nexavar, or sorafenib, is used to treat advanced, unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma. It is also used to treat patients with advanced kidney cancer. This drug is a multikinase inhibitor and works by decreasing tumor growth and replication, by inhibiting the formation of blood vessels that tumors rely on to get nourishment. This is not a curative treatment, prolonging survival on average 7 mo. ...Read more

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How effective is Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

How effective is  Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

It depends: As the first treatment for metastatic breast cancer, Xeloda (capecitabine) works in 40-60% of people treated. If it is the second, third or later treatment after failure of other agents, the effectiveness is much less. ...Read more

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What is xeloda (capecitabine)?

What is xeloda (capecitabine)?

An Oral Chemotherapy: Xeloda (capecitabine) is an oral chemotherapy drug, the most common side effects are diarrhea, nausea, hand-foot syndrome (redness, swelling, cracking of palms/soles) and like any chemotherapy may bring down your white blood cells. To prevent this you may take an anti diarrheal, anti emetic, b6, use a skin moisturizer and check your blood frequently. Not everyone experiences one of these symptoms. ...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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How effective is Cisplatin (Platinol-AQ) for treating lung cancer?

How effective is Cisplatin (Platinol-AQ) for treating lung cancer?

Good drug: Cisplatin and its sister drug carboplatin are one of the most useful drugs currently used for the treatment of Lung Cancer. In fact it is recommended that each patient receive a platinum containing combination as the standard of care for patients with advanced stages of lung cancer. But there are other drugs which are equally good(Paclitaxel, Docetaxel and Gemcitabine) ...Read more

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Is paraplatin (carboplatin) still used in cancer treatment?

Is paraplatin (carboplatin) still used in cancer treatment?

Yes: Paraplatin is the drug company name for carboplatin. Carboplatin is used to treat several different types of cancer. ...Read more

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How effective is Paclitaxel (Taxol) for treating lung cancer?

How effective is Paclitaxel (Taxol) for treating lung cancer?

Some prolongation: • A large array of chemo agents are utilized in the treatment of non small cell Ca of lung . While Taxol is one of the primary agents ,the Platinum agents such as Cisplatin, Carboplatin, Gemzar and Camptosar (irinotecan) are given alone or in combination with. Taxol. Because of the presence of malignant stem cells, resistant to chemo survival is in months. With immunochemo therapy survival improved. ...Read more

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How effective is Xeloda (capecitabine) on cancer tumors?

How effective is Xeloda (capecitabine) on cancer tumors?

Depends: This drug is used in several diseases in the adjuvant and treatment setting. It can be used in colon cancer, breast cancer, rectal and other diseases. The benefit of this drug depends on the situation. ...Read more

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How effective is doxorubicin (Adriamycin) for treating lung cancer?

How effective is doxorubicin (Adriamycin) for treating lung cancer?

Adriamycin (doxorubicin): Adriamycin (doxorubicin) is beneficial in treatment of a number of types of cancer including lung cancer. ...Read more

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