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Is rituxan (rituximab) considered a chemotherapy drug?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Chemotherapy is "chemical" (anything really) and "therapy", so almost anything could fit in that definition. However, Dr. Webster is right that we don't consider rituximab in the same class as "traditional cytotoxic chemotherapy".
Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and No

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!

In brief: Yes and No

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!
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Yes

It is use to treat several different types of lymphomas and leukemias.

In brief: Yes

It is use to treat several different types of lymphomas and leukemias.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheo
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