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Depends on insurance: Revlimid (lenalidomide) as one of cancer therapy -is not a low cost medicine. It is approximately in the range of 3000-4000 dollars/month. However, depending on your insurance- the copay would be variable. Also, if you are eligible/qualified, you can also ask the manifacturing company -i.e.-celgene- for patient assistance program. Discuss further with your md. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Peripheral t-cell lymphoma cure: chop induction+ifosfamide/mtx + autologous transplant or romidepsim+brenduximab?
Complex problem: Cannot comment with 2 lines of information. Need the entire clinical context. If you seek more detailed information get a formal second opinion. ...Read more
Yes they can be: The evidence is stronger for beta interferons (avonex, Rebif and betaseron) than it is for immuran. Interferons are fda approved and immuran is not (for ms) they all have a modest but definite effect in reducing the number of attacks in remitting relapsing forms the effect varies from patient to patient. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Multiple myeloma patient relapsed after Velcade , Revlimid (lenalidomide) and Carfilzomib. Any hope. Patient is 80 yrs old?
2-3%: From the study that leads the approval of Revlimid (lenalidomide) -the data showed that there were 9/346 (2.6%) patients in the Revlimid (lenalidomide) group who developed grade 3 atrial fibrillation compared to 2/345 (0.6%) patient who developed grade 3 atrial fibrilation in the placebo group. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) or xtandi for pre-chemo castration resistant prostate cancer? Thoughts?
Filgrastim (filgrastin): "Filgrastim is used to decrease the chance of infection in people who have certain types of cancer and are receiving chemotherapy medications that may decrease the number of neutrophils (a type of blood cell needed to fight infection), in people who are undergoing bone marrow transplants, and in people who have severe chronic neutropenia (condition in which there are a low number of neutrophils > ...Read more
Diagnoged with cutaneous tcell lymphoma nhl.Treated with eletron beam.Interferon, gemcitabine, anthracycline, etoposide, procarbazine.Nodules over body .?
Possibly: We do use it if they have chromosomal changes that predict response. However, not the standard of care. Mainly used if the person is not in the best of shape and looking for alternative, non aggressive options. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Mult.Myeloma relapsed after treatment with velcade (bortezomib), (bortezomib) melphalan&dexamethasone. Melphalan stopped in dec, velcade (bortezomib) in april. Now takes carfilzomib& dexamethasone fever39.5. No infections.What causes fever?
Fever could be side : Effects of the chemotherapeutic agents and steroids considering there's no blood infection. Tylenol (acetaminophen) should help control the fever. Follow up with your oncologist. God bless you! http://www.Livestrong.Com/article/36171-herbs-cancer/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends...: Revlimid (lenalidomide) is an important treatment for myelodysplastic syndromes. Not treating these syndromes may be more dangerous than being on revlimid (lenalidomide). That said, i would be particulary concerned about blood clot formation. Both a. Fib and Revlimid (lenalidomide) increase your tendency to form blood clots in your heart. Talk to your doc about whether or not you need to be on anticoagulants w/ revlimid (lenalidomide). ...Read more