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Clinical Effects

Temsirolimus has been shown to extend survival time in people with advanced kidney cancer who were not previously treated for their cancer. In this study, people given temsirolimus survived an average of 3.6 months longer than people given a different kidney cancer treatment (interferon-alpha or INF-alpha).
Specifically, the group of people given temsirolimus survived an average of 10.9 months after starting treatment with the drug, while the group receiving INF-alpha survived an average of 7.3 months. The combination of the two cancer treatments did not appear to be more effective than using INF-alpha alone, and caused more side effects.

When and How to Receive This Medicine

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with temsirolimus include the following:
  • This medication is given as an injection into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, injection) once a week.
  • A healthcare provider will administer the injection in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or clinic.
  • The injections are given slowly, over a period of 30 to 60 minutes. This is called an intravenous infusion. 
  • You will receive a different IV medication about 30 minutes before your temsirolimus dose to help prevent allergic reactions to temsirolimus.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Make sure to keep all of your appointments to receive this medication.

Storage Information

This medication will be stored by your healthcare provider. It should be refrigerated at temperatures between 2°C and 8°C (36°F and 46°F), protected from light.

Is There a Generic Version?

This medication is not available in generic form (see Generic Torisel).
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