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Cancer and Altretamine

Adult women who have ovarian cancer may receive altretamine (Hexalen®), a chemotherapy medication that is reserved for use when the cancer has returned or has not adequately responded to other cancer treatment. It comes in the form of a capsule that is taken four times a day (after meals and at bedtime).
Altretamine is thought to work by interfering with cell division, which helps prevent cancer cells from growing and multiplying. It is approved for palliative treatment, which means it can help relieve cancer symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease, but it will not cure it. Most people who use this medicine will develop some type of side effect, such as nausea, vomiting, or numbness in the hands or feet.
(Click What Is Altretamine Used For? for more in-depth information on using altretamine for cancer treatment. This article also offers detailed information on how this drug works and whether it is prescribed for off-label uses.)
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