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Adults who have colorectal cancer that has spread to other areas of the body may receive panitumumab to help slow down the progression of this cancer. This medicine works by binding to a certain protein on the surface of the cancer cells, which prevents the cells from growing. Panitumumab may also be used for unapproved ("off-label") uses, such as treating non-small cell lung cancer and kidney cancer.
An Overview of Uses for PanitumumabPanitumumab (Vectibix®) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of colorectal cancer, a type of cancer that occurs when cancerous cells form in the tissue of the large intestine (colon) or rectum. It is given as an intravenous (IV) infusion, which is a slow injection into a vein.
- Fluorouracil (Adrucil®, Carac®, Efudex®, Fluoroplex®, also known as 5-FU)
- Oxaliplatin (Eloxatin®)
- Irinotecan (Camptosar®).