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How effective is gemcitabine (Gemzar) for treating lung cancer?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Mildly

Gemzar (gemcitabine), (gemcitabine) a form of chemotherapy can be used in non resectable lung cancer.
It usually follows a couse of standard chemo such as Platinum/Taxol. When used in pancreatic Ca it is given with Abraxane, a form of Taxol which enhances Gemzar (gemcitabine) by a few weeks. After tumors respond to chemo which affects the tumor DNA, stem cells resistant to chemo reappear. Better results are now seen with anti PD-1.

In brief: Mildly

Gemzar (gemcitabine), (gemcitabine) a form of chemotherapy can be used in non resectable lung cancer.
It usually follows a couse of standard chemo such as Platinum/Taxol. When used in pancreatic Ca it is given with Abraxane, a form of Taxol which enhances Gemzar (gemcitabine) by a few weeks. After tumors respond to chemo which affects the tumor DNA, stem cells resistant to chemo reappear. Better results are now seen with anti PD-1.
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