Cancer Home > Etoposide Phosphate
People who have certain types of testicular cancer or lung cancer may benefit from chemotherapy treatment with etoposide phosphate. This prescription medicine works by interfering with how cancer cells divide. Possible side effects may include hair loss, lack of energy, and low blood cell counts. This drug is given intravenously by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting.
What Is Etoposide Phosphate?Etoposide phosphate (Etopophos®) is a prescription injectable medication used in the treatment of certain types of cancer. Specifically, it is used in combination with other cancer medicines to treat:
- Testicular cancer (cancer of the testicles) that has not adequately responded to treatment with surgery, radiation, or other cancer medicines.
- Small cell lung cancer.
Are There Side Effects?Just like any chemotherapy medicine, etoposide phosphate can cause side effects, some of which can be quite significant and potentially serious. In fact, most people will experience some type of side effect during treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or lessen reactions to this drug.
- Low blood cell counts
- Weakness or lack of energy
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hair loss (alopecia)
- Loss of appetite.