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Colorectal Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent - Medications

Chemotherapy is the use of medicines to stop cancer's growth or relieve symptoms. Sometimes chemotherapy may be used to shrink tumors in the liver so they can be removed with surgery.

The medicines may be given through a needle in your vein, as pills you can swallow, or as a shot (injection).

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Medicine choices

The most commonly used medicines are:

Cetuximab (Erbitux) and panitumumab (Vectibix) may be used for colorectal cancer that has spread and has not improved during or after treatment with other drugs. These kinds of medicines, called monoclonal antibodies, may not work for some people. So before you have this treatment, your tumor tissue will be checked for certain gene changes (mutations).

Your doctor may prescribe medicines to control nausea and vomiting.

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Last Updated: January 29, 2013
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