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Chemotherapy

 

What is it?

There are many different types of chemotherapy and often several different ones are used at the same time. Chemotherapy targets rapidly growing cells which is the key features of cancer cells. However the chemotherapy can affect other cells of the body which grow fast such as hair- that why it can fall out with some of the chemotherapy treatments, and the lining of the gut- which is why patients often feel sick and can develop diarrhoea on chemotherapy treatment.

 

What drugs are used?

This depends on the condition they are being used to treat. Often a combination of drugs is used as this has been shown to improve outcomes. For futher information on individual drugs follow the links below:

 

Further information

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Bortezomib (Velcade)

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Chlorambucil

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Cyclophosphamide

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Cytarabine

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Danuorubicin

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Glivec

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Hydroxycarbamide

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Hydroxyurea

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Imatinib

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Lenalidomide

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Melphalan

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Rituximab

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Steroids

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Velcade (bortezomib)

 

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Written by: Dr T Rider

Editor: Dr J Newman

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