Gemcitabine is a relatively new chemotherapy drug for mesothelioma. It is currently in clinical trials with many mesothelioma patients in combination with Cisplatin, Alimta and Epirubicin. Gemcitabine is believed to be the most effective drug in the treatment of mesothelioma cancer.
Free Mesothelioma Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related side effect, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
Gemcitabine is a nucleoside analog or look alike, also called an antimetabolite, used as a chemotherapeutic drug. It is produced by Eli Lily and Co., and marketed under the name ‘Gemzar.’ Nucleosides are molecules in the body that are the building blocks for the bases that make up DNA and RNA. These are bases that are linked to sugar molecules that can have a phosphate group added by enzymes called kinases in a cell.
As a treatment for mesothelioma, Gemcitabine is used in combination with other drugs to have the desired effect. The duration of the infusion is typically around 30 minutes, and the patient may need weekly sessions, lasting for up to seven weeks in all. However, this may vary depending on the stages of mesothelioma the person is in, and the type of cancer he is suffering from.
Gemcitabine reduces the effectiveness of a patient’s immune system. If you are taking Gemcitabine, be sure to avoid contact with people who have colds or other infections. Also, be sure to keep your doctor informed of any side effects you may be experiencing.
Do I have a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
The Toxic Tort Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in mesothelioma lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.