Chemo Drug

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Chemo Drug

by erinsmom on Tue May 19, 2009 12:00 AM

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Looking for anyone with experience on chemo drug called "etoposide" (VP-16), used to treat brain cancer.  How bad is it?

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by Lorre_G on Tue May 19, 2009 12:00 AM

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Here is drug information on etoposide.  As with all drugs and tumors, each person is different and responds a bit differently that others.  These are possible side effects.  You may experience all to some degree or none. This is just basic information.

 Drug Information  - Etoposide (VP-16) The common side effects of this drug include nausea, vomiting and depression of the bone marrow, the blood forming organ in the body. Bone marrow depression can lead to a decrease in the number of white blood cells (important in fighting infection), a decrease in the number of platelets (important in blood clotting), and a decrease in the number of red blood cells (which can lead to anemia and sometimes requiring a transfusion to correct). The drug may also cause hair loss, which is not permanent, mouth sores, low grade fever and localized irritation of the vein when it is administered. The drug may cause lowering of blood pressure, which requires that we give the drug slowly and monitor your blood pressure during the time the drug is given. Also, rare allergic reactions can produce hives, wheezing, swelling and shock. This can be treated by stopping the drug and giving other medications.

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by Gbm_Wife on Tue May 19, 2009 12:00 AM

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You can take vp16 orally or thru an IV.  My husband took it orally as part of a cocktail and had no issues with it.  He had a high quality of life on it.  Just remember if you take it orally, the pills must be refridgerated.

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by erinsmom on Wed May 20, 2009 12:00 AM

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Thank you for the info!
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