Hycamtin is very strong prescription drug that is used for two main purposes. It is used to treat small cell lung cancer after the first-line of chemotherapy has not worked and it is also used to treatment ovarian cancer (or metastatic carcinoma of the ovary or ovaries) after the first attempt or many attempts at chemotherapy have not yielded positive results.
Hycamtin is also referred to as Topotecan and it belongs to a category of medications that are called antineoplastics. The active ingredients in Hycamtin serve to disrupt the growth of cells that produce cancer and by so doing helps to rid the body of damage and begin to strengthen the cells that have been weakened by cancer.
Not all cancer patients are prescribed the same dosage of hycamtin. The dosage a doctor prescribes is dependent on a patient’s height, weight and whether or not other methods of treatment or medications are being tried at the same time. It is essential that a person who is taking this drug visit the doctor on a regular basis to ensure that the drug is doing what it is supposed to be doing. A doctor will often require the cancer patient to have regular blood tests as these will show if there are any side effects to the taking of this drug. Hycamtin is a drug that has side effects that often cannot be identified except by way of regular blood work.
Hycamtin can work wonders for a person with lung or ovarian cancer but it can also lower your body’s ability to fight off other infections while you are taking this drug and also immediately after you stop taking it, refrain from having any vaccinations of any kind. Also be aware that hycamtin can on a temporary basis only decrease the quantity of white blood cells in the bloodstream. Help to avoid this temporary problem by staying away from individuals who have a head cold, the flu or any infections of any kind.
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