Chemotherapy and Other Drugs for Lung Cancer
Types of Chemotherapy Drugs
- Cisplatin (Platinol-AQ, Platinol)
- Etoposide (Toposar, VePesid)
- Bevacizumab (Avastin)
- Carboplatin (Paraplatin, Paraplat)
- Paclitaxel (Taxol)
- Docetaxel (Taxotere)
- Vinorelbine (Navelbine)
- Fatigue and weakness
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hair loss
- Fuzziness in thinking, memory problems
- Risk of infection
- Skin irritation, cracked nails
- Allergic reactions
- Mouth sores
- Tendency to bleed and bruise easily
- Fluid retention
- Bladder problems
- Numbness in limbs
- Fever or chills
- Low blood cell counts (such as anemia )
When to Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever (100.3°F [37.9°C]) and chills
- Sores in your mouth or throat
- Black and blue marks on your skin
- Nausea, vomiting, loose or runny bowel movements
- Pain that you cannot control with the medication you have been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Joint pain, fatigue, stiffness, rash, or other new symptoms
- Tingling in your fingers or toes or ringing in your ears
- Weight gain or loss of 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) or more
Newer Treatment Options
Chemotherapy (non-small cell). American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/LungCancer-Non-SmallCell/DetailedGuide/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-treating-chemotherapy. Updated February 17, 2012. Accessed October 1, 2012.
Crizotinib continues to show promise for some lung tumors, faces challenge of drug resistance. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/results/summary/2010/crizotinib-lung1110. Accessed October 1, 2012.
Crizotinib. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/druginfo/crizotinib. Accessed October 1, 2012.
Lung cancer 101. Lung Cancer.org website. Available at: http://www.lungcancer.org/reading/treatment/types.php#targeted. Accessed October 1, 2012.
Monoclonal antibodies. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/TreatmentTypes/Immunotherapy/immunotherapy-monoclonal-antibodies. Updated May 9, 2012. Accessed October 1, 2012.
Targeted cancer therapies. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/targeted. Accessed October 1, 2012.
What is immunotherapy? American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/TreatmentTypes/Immunotherapy/immunotherapy-types-of-immunotherapy. Updated May 9, 2012. Accessed October 1, 2012.
- Reviewer: Igor Puzanov, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/17/2014 -
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