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Adults who have small cell lung cancer or testicular cancer may receive a chemotherapy drug called etoposide phosphate. This prescription drug works by causing DNA strands to break, which prevents cancer cells from growing and dividing. Etoposide phosphate may also be used for off-label purposes, such as treating cervical cancer, leukemia, or other types of cancer.
An Overview of Uses for Etoposide PhosphateEtoposide phosphate (Etopophos®) is a prescription chemotherapy medication. It is approved to treat small cell lung cancer. It is also approved to treat testicular cancer that has not adequately responded to other forms of treatment. Etoposide phosphate is not designed to be used alone; it is used in combination with other chemotherapy drugs.
Using Etoposide Phosphate for the Treatment of Small Cell Lung CancerLung cancer begins in the cells that line the lungs. There are two main types: small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Small cell lung cancer is less common than non-small cell lung cancer, and is also more aggressive.
- Smoking pipes or cigars
- Being exposed to secondhand smoke
- Being exposed to environmental pollutants, such as asbestos or radon.
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- A cough that does not go away or becomes worse
- Weight loss
- Feeling tired all the time
- Difficulty swallowing.