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Advanced colorectal cancer, as well as squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, can be treated with cetuximab. Although this medication cannot cure cancer, it may increase survival and shrink tumor size. It is given by infusion into a vein over a period of one to two hours. Side effects can include injection site reactions, nausea, and diarrhea.
What Is Cetuximab?Cetuximab (Erbitux®) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of certain types of cancer. Specifically, the medication is used to treat certain people who have:
- Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck
- Advanced colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) that expresses a protein called epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR).