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Genetic Test Prior to Starting Irinotecan

Your healthcare provider may recommend that you take a genetic test, or DNA test, prior to starting treatment with irinotecan (Camptosar®). This test can help determine whether you have an increased risk for developing certain side effects with the medication.
 
This test will look to see if you have a variation in a gene known as UGT1A1. If you do have this gene variation, you may have an increased risk for developing low white blood cell counts during treatment. To help minimize this risk, your healthcare provider will likely start you on a lower initial dosage of irinotecan.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Irinotecan for more details, including other safety precautions to be aware of before receiving this drug.)
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