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Is rytuxin considered chemothrapy?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes & no

Technically it is a monoclonal antibody used in autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, but it is also used like chemotherapy in treating non-hodgkin lymphoma & dc20+ cll (chronic lymphocytic leukemia).

In brief: Yes & no

Technically it is a monoclonal antibody used in autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, but it is also used like chemotherapy in treating non-hodgkin lymphoma & dc20+ cll (chronic lymphocytic leukemia).
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Retuxin is an

Antibody directed against cd-20, which marks b-lymphocytes.
So, the "biotherapy" destroys b cells with this marker, and many lymphomas have this characteristic. Iodine 125 and yttrium 90 have been bonded to form the products Bexxar (tositumomab) and zevlin to deliver targeted bioradiotherpy to b cell tumors. Rituximab has also been used in rheumatoid arthritis. It works; it's expensive.

In brief: Retuxin is an

Antibody directed against cd-20, which marks b-lymphocytes.
So, the "biotherapy" destroys b cells with this marker, and many lymphomas have this characteristic. Iodine 125 and yttrium 90 have been bonded to form the products Bexxar (tositumomab) and zevlin to deliver targeted bioradiotherpy to b cell tumors. Rituximab has also been used in rheumatoid arthritis. It works; it's expensive.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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