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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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Dr. Devon Webster
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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 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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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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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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