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Taxol Avestin Combo
Not really: Abraxane is a derivative of Taxol. It is employed after recurrent or metastatic pancreas cancers have failed Gemzar (gemcitabine) adding about 8 wks to the overall survival in these patients. The drug,protein-bound paclitaxel is an injectable formulation of paclitaxel, It has almost the same extent of neuropathy. ...Read more
Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) or xtandi for pre-chemo castration resistant prostate cancer? Thoughts?
Azd 6244- mek inhibitor- a selective mitogen-activated protein kinase (mek) inhibitor. Mk 2206- akt inhibitor. Why prescription for me? It ? Nsclc/mets
Molecular targeting: These agents are designed to selectively knock out key pathways your tumor may use to grow. Presumably you already had your tumor tested for these different mutations. Ask the doctor offering these options to explain their rationale. These are investigational studies and many of the treatment costs may be covered-ask. ...Read more
Discontinued: Taxol (paclitaxel) has been discontinued in the us. There was originally concern because of the environmental impact of its original sourcing, no longer used, from the pacific yew. In addition, the assignment of rights, and even the name itself, to bristol-myers squibb were the subject of public debate and congressional hearings. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No!: Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is a long-acting injection that increases your white blood cells. It should only be given during a two or three week window when you're not receiving chemotherapy. If you're receiving Taxol every week, you should not receive neulasta (pegfilgrastim). If you do, the Taxol can kill the dividing white blood cells, and harm your bone marrow stem cells. It is not fda-approved to give during weekly chemo! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gem for taxotere (docetaxel): Short answer is no. It cannot be substituted. Now depending upon the underlying cancer whether lung, breast, pancreatic or any other primary solid tumor, one can use taxol, Abraxane or Navelbine (vinorelbine) (they are taxanes like taxotere). If we want to move to a different agent altogether, then Gemzar or a no of other drugs would be available depending upon what the primary tumor is. ...Read more
Why has the drug temozolomide replaced the combination of procarbazine, carmustine and vincristine?
Newer treatment: In treatment of Cancer, newer drugs come along and are then compared to the standard(old/conventional treatments). If the new treatment if better(more effective or less toxic) then the new drug takes over and the older drugs put on the back burner. That is what has happened in this instance. This is what has happened in the treatment of brain tumors. ...Read more
Why hasn't viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) taken off as the new branded blockbuster drug..Such as lexapro, cymbalta etc./is it about side effects-effectiveness-insurance cov.
Slow marketing: I believe the reason has been somewhat slow marketing and releasing it before proving that it also has effectiveness in anxiety as well. Some of the initial side effects needs to be overcome by taking the initial starter packet and using two of them instead of one so that the upward taper occurs less aggressively. The harder it is to get patient and physician compliance, the harder it is to sell. ...Read more
Diagnoged with cutaneous tcell lymphoma nhl.Treated with eletron beam.Interferon, gemcitabine, anthracycline, etoposide, procarbazine.Nodules over body .?
Which is the better cytotoxic drug (adriamycin (doxorubicin) or ifosfamide) for synovial sarcoma?
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