If you have non-small cell lung cancer, your healthcare provider may recommend chemotherapy treatment with vinorelbine tartrate (Navelbine®). This prescription drug works by preventing cancer cells from growing and dividing normally.
Vinorelbine comes as an injection that is given slowly into a vein (intravenously, or by IV) once a week. It is administered by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital.
Most people who receive this form of chemotherapy treatment will develop some type of side effect. Some of the most commonly reported reactions to this medication include anemia, nausea, and a loss of energy.
(To learn more, click Vinorelbine. This article discusses whether this chemotherapy drug is effective, offers safety concerns, and lists available strengths.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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