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Oxaliplatin in Older Patients

Oxaliplatin (Eloxatin®) is licensed for the treatment of colon and rectal cancer in adults. But can older patients also receive oxaliplatin?
 
Although older adults can use this medicine, they may have an increased risk for certain side effects, such as:
 
  • Severe low white blood cell counts (which may increase the risk for infection)
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Unconsciousness.
 
(For more information on using this drug in older patients, click What Is Oxaliplatin Used For?. This full-length article takes a look at the specific types of cancer oxaliplatin is used to treat, whether the drug is safe for children, and possible unapproved uses.)
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