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Dr. Stephen Hunger
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Vincristine (Overview)

Vincristine is a cell division inhibitor which is a kind of cancer drug.


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What does vincristine do?

What does vincristine do?

Vincristine ...: Blockscell cycle progression. Vincristine is a vinca alkaloid originally purified from periwinkle. It binds tubulin and prevents microtubule elongation. As such, t blocks the mitotic spindle and causes mitotic arrest in dividing cells. Its primary side effects are neuropathic in nature, a reflection of the important structural role played by microtubules in neuronal projections, particularly axons. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Hunger
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Vincristine (Overview)

Vincristine is a cell division inhibitor which is a kind of cancer drug.


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What is the drug vincristine used for?

What is the drug vincristine used for?

Vincristine is used: To treat a wide array of cancers in children and adults, including hematologic malignancies, central nervous system cancers and a host of solid tumors as well. It impairs the functioning of microtubule assemblies, such as the mitotic spindle, and therefore blocks cell division. Interesting tidbit...It was originally isolated from periwinkle (aka, vinca), hence its designation as a vinca alkaloid. ...Read more

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What are effective non-medication ways to ease body pain from vincristine chemotherapy treatments?

What are effective non-medication ways to ease body pain from vincristine chemotherapy treatments?

Join support group: You are undergoing the toughest part, and a cancer support group would ease your mind/spirit. Meditation, visualization exercises can also ease the pain, as having acupuncture done to relieve any nausea associated with treatment. Doing chair yoga to stretch your muscles may help. Also, if it's there's any stomatitis, sometimes Nystatin popsicles are helpful.Depends what type of pain you're having. ...Read more

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How can the chemo therapy drug vincristine be harmful?

How can the chemo therapy drug vincristine be harmful?

Neuropathic effects: Are most common with vincristine. Patients can experience pain, numbness, tingling (aka paresthesias), difficulty with chewing/jaw pain, foot drop and discoordination. Gabapentin and physical therapy may help wth these. Also a neuropathic complication, constipation is a significant concern since hard stools predispose to serious bacterial infection. Liver toxicity can be an issue also. ...Read more

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Why does the drug vincristine have side effects?

Why does the drug vincristine have side effects?

It's chief toxicity: Is neuropathy; it is not myelosuppressive. It suppresses the mitotic spindles made up of fibrillary structural piees siilar tto those that make up axons, nerves. Usually distal numbness and tingling of hands and feet. It is easy to blend with other drugs because its toxicty does not overlap with theirs. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to lose hair after chemo my daughter is getting vincristine?

How much time does it take to lose hair after chemo my daughter is getting vincristine?

Hair loss: Hair loss from vincristine treatment can begin within the first few days of tratment. Hairloss is reversible after treatment is over ...Read more

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Alts to vincristine?

Alts to vincristine?

Depends on cancer: Alternative to vincristine -will depend on the type of cancer. Different cancer has different treatment. Please discuss with your oncologist in detail about your options etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How is vincristine used?

How is vincristine used?

Vincristine is used: To treat a wide array of cancers in children and adults, including hematologic malignancies, central nervous system cancers and a host of solid tumors as well. It impairs the functioning of microtubule assemblies, such as the mitotic spindle, and therefore blocks cell division. Interesting tidbit...It was originally isolated from periwinkle (aka, vinca), hence its designation as a vinca alkaloid. ...Read more

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What does vincristine do?

Vincristine ...: Blockscell cycle progression. Vincristine is a vinca alkaloid originally purified from periwinkle. It binds tubulin and prevents microtubule elongation. As such, t blocks the mitotic spindle and causes mitotic arrest in dividing cells. Its primary side effects are neuropathic in nature, a reflection of the important structural role played by microtubules in neuronal projections, particularly axons. ...Read more

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