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Dr. Milroy Samuel
17 doctors shared insights

Velcade (Overview)

Velcade is a cancer-related antibiotic which is a kind of cancer drug.


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What happens when velcade (bortezomib) stops working?

What happens when velcade (bortezomib) stops working?

Ask your docotor!: I am sure there are other medicines that can be used in its place. Depending on what type of cancer you have there are back up options of other drugs which can be used. Velcade (bortezomib) may no longer be useful to you once it stops working. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
17 doctors shared insights

Velcade (Overview)

Velcade is a cancer-related antibiotic which is a kind of cancer drug.


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How much is velcade (bortezomib)?

How much is velcade (bortezomib)?

Expensive : A single vial (3.5 mg) of velcade (bortezomib) costs around $1, 500.00. Each cycle of treatment (3 weeks duration) will use about 3-4 vials depending on patient's weight or size. Thus, $ 4, 500-6, 000 per cycle. The duration of treatment can take 4 cycles initially and then continued weekly doses for up to 6 - 8 months. Total cost for treatment could get up to $70-80k not including doctor fees and administration. ...Read more

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The doctor prescribed melpalan, velcade (bortezomib) and dexamethasone for 78 yrs old male with multiple myeloma. He later increase the dose of melphalan from 10 mg to 14 mg despite the treatment progress. Is this warranted considering high AST and alt?

The doctor prescribed melpalan, velcade (bortezomib) and dexamethasone for 78 yrs old male with multiple myeloma. He later increase the dose of melphalan from 10 mg to 14 mg despite the treatment progress. Is this warranted considering high AST and alt?

Speak with physician: The best advice at this point is to speak with the treating physician and ask for an explanation regarding the increase in the medication given the progression of disease on the current treatment. If you are not satisfied with the explanation then by all means seek a second opinion consultation. At times, changes in regimens are easily explained; don't be afraid to ask. ...Read more

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Is neuropathy as a side effect of velcade (bortezomib) transient or durable despite continuation of the treatment

Is neuropathy as a side effect of velcade (bortezomib) transient or durable despite continuation of the treatment

Can be transient: Velcade (bortezomib) can cause peripheral neuropathy. If it causes painful neuropathy or interferes with activity the dose is often decreased. Most of the time if the dose is adjusted or held then the neuropathy improves. But in some patients there can be long-lasting neuropathy. ...Read more

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What are some of the side-effects of velcade (bortezomib) when treating myeloma patients.

What are some of the side-effects of velcade (bortezomib) when treating myeloma patients.

Quite a few: 1. Velcade (bortezomib) can affect nerves. It mainly manifests as numbness an pain in hands and feet. Risk increased with prolonged use and when using the drug twice a week. Risk can be decreased by using it subcutaneously ( instead of in a vein) and using it once a week. 2. Many patients report diarrhea on velcade (bortezomib). 3. Velcade (bortezomib) can cause blood counts to go down. ...Read more

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What effects can I expect from velcade (bortezomib) chemotherapy?

Several: Low blood pressure, peripheral neuropathy (numbness and/or tinging) of the fingers and/or toes, nausea, diarrhea and low blood counts are the most common side-effects of bortezomib. There are many less common side-effects. ...Read more

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How much is velcade (bortezomib)?

Expensive : A single vial (3.5 mg) of velcade (bortezomib) costs around $1, 500.00. Each cycle of treatment (3 weeks duration) will use about 3-4 vials depending on patient's weight or size. Thus, $ 4, 500-6, 000 per cycle. The duration of treatment can take 4 cycles initially and then continued weekly doses for up to 6 - 8 months. Total cost for treatment could get up to $70-80k not including doctor fees and administration. ...Read more

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What happens when velcade (bortezomib) stops working?

Ask your docotor!: I am sure there are other medicines that can be used in its place. Depending on what type of cancer you have there are back up options of other drugs which can be used. Velcade (bortezomib) may no longer be useful to you once it stops working. ...Read more

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What side effects can I expect from velcade (bortezomib)?

Neuropathy, etc.: Velcade (bortezomib) or Bortezomib frequently causes a sensory neuropathy with tingling, numbness, pain or a combination in the feet and hands. Thrombocytopenia or low platelets can occur but resolves easily with stopping the drug as does low white count. Giving it under the skin rather than intravenously lessens many side effects especially neuropathy. Beware also of shingles which Acyclovir may prevent. ...Read more

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What effects can I expect from velcade (bortezomib) chemotherapy?

Several: Low blood pressure, peripheral neuropathy (numbness and/or tinging) of the fingers and/or toes, nausea, diarrhea and low blood counts are the most common side-effects of bortezomib. There are many less common side-effects. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Bortezomib (Definition)

Bortezomib is an asthma beta receptor stimulator which is a kind of ...Read more