Questions and answers

Does gemcitabine make your hair fall out?

Does gemcitabine make your hair fall out?

v Hair loss is typically minimal with gemcitabine, but some patients do experience more hair loss than others. Hair growth should return upon completion of treatment. v Nausea and vomiting are not unusual but are less common today than in the past because of much improved anti-nausea medications.

How long after stopping chemo do you feel better?

Most people say it takes 6 to 12 months after they finish chemotherapy before they truly feel like themselves again. Read the resource Managing Cognitive Changes: Information for Cancer Survivors for more information about managing chemo brain.

What is the success rate of gemcitabine?

Treatment with single-agent gemcitabine achieved clinical benefit and symptoms improvement in 20-30% of patients. While 1-year survival was observed in 2% of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)-treated patients, it was raised to 18% by single-agent gemcitabine.

Does gemcitabine weaken the immune system?

This study shows that gemcitabine causes a profound depletion of lymphocytes. It is selectively detrimental to the humoral immune response but spares antigen-specific cellular immunity.

How long can you stay on gemcitabine?

A cycle (dose) of gemcitabine, with paclitaxel, lasts 21 days. Gemcitabine is given on days one and eight of the cycle. The time between each cycle of treatment gives your body time to recover.

How quickly does gemcitabine work?

How you have gemcitabine. You have gemcitabine into your bloodstream. It takes about 30 minutes.

Does chemo and radiation treatments shorten your lifespan?

A large study has found that people who have survived cancer and its treatment are more likely to die sooner and have a shorter lifespan compared to those who have never had cancer.

How fast does gemcitabine work?

Is gemcitabine an immunosuppressant?

We conclude that gemcitabine therapy (1) is not immunosuppressive and (2) may enhance responses to specific vaccines or immunotherapy administered to activate or support immune responses directed toward driving effector immunity to cancer cells.

Is gemcitabine an immunotherapy drug?

The immune modulatory properties of gemcitabine make it a good candidate for combination with checkpoint inhibition immunotherapy for cancer such as pancreatic cancer with which immunotherapy has had limited success [19].

How toxic is gemcitabine?

Gemcitabine is generally well tolerated, with common side effects including nausea and vomiting, rash, fever, reversible elevation of liver transaminases, flu-like symptoms, and peripheral edema. Myelosuppression is the most common dose-limiting toxicity. Various pulmonary toxicities of gemcitabine have been reported.

What happens to your body when you take gemcitabine?

Gemcitabine can increase your risk of bleeding or infection by changing the way your immune system works. Call your doctor if you have unusual bruising or bleeding, or new signs of infection (fever, mouth sores, unusual bruising or bleeding).

How long does gemcitabine stay in your bladder?

You will have 6 cycles. Gemcitabine is a chemotherapy drug which is given into your bladder through a tube (urinary catheter). The aim of this treatment is to kill any cancer cells in your bladder. The drug itself stays in your bladder for 1 to 2 hours and is then drained out through the urinary catheter, or leaves your bladder when you pass urine.

How is gemcitabine used to treat breast cancer?

Gemcitabine is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. Gemcitabine is used to treat cancers of the pancreas, lung, ovary, and breast. Gemcitabine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Are you currently using gemcitabine HCl vial?

Are you currently using gemcitabine HCL vial? This survey is being conducted by the WebMD marketing sciences department. Selected from data included with permission and copyrighted by First Databank, Inc.