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What chemo drugs HAVE been approved for uterine cancer (& so likely covered by insurance) ?

lindaprocopio's picture
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I can't remember if we've ever had this conversation. What other chemo drugs besides caboplatin and paciltaxol have been approved for uterine cancer? Can we all please post any other chemo drugs we have been prescribed that were covered by insurance? Doxil? Tamoxifam? Avastin? Gleevac?

lociee's picture
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My doctor recently told me that when my cancer becomes more active he will put me on taxol again. He said it would be once a week for a few hours. I can't remember how many weeks. I started out with the usual carbo/taxol for 6 rounds - then was on doxil. The doxil didn't do anything - so was stopped and that's when the idea for radiation kicked in - and I've been kicking myself ever since. I took Xeloda(chemo) by mouth 2X daily during radiation. I don't know about the other chemo drugs you mentioned - but everything I've had has been covered by insurance. I've been very expensive!!!

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Is a lipid covered traditional cancer drug, that is useful for mets to the brain, as it looks more like a fat to the brain then a chemo drug. Very tricky indeedy doody.
Doxil is the trade name for the generic chemotherapy drug Doxorubicin liposomal. Doxil is the drug Doxorubicin encapsulated in a closed lipid sphere.
Also says it's used for ovarian cancer so who knows? Should be covered though. I think other upsc girls have had it before.

This url refers to recal due to the fact that a truck load of Doxil and other drugs was stolen and not recovered. The site lists package numbers. Should you go down the doxil road, you could have your doctor check those numbers against the boxes they are using. Stolen produects have expiration date of 2010.


And as for the guidelines. Less than six months between last chemo and recurrence, new drugs are used. More than six months, original drug can be used again.

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This site mentions her-2 and drugs for that part of the cancer.
didn't read the article, still hunting for more.


Songflower's picture
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My Gyn Onc told me if I relapse less than eight months after chemo I would take topotecan (spelling?). Other wise I would repeat six carbo/platinum. I know some women have taken avastin. What I would like to know is about the new molecular drugs they have been using for ovarian with good results. There was a segment on a 60 minutes show about it. They are oral; and you don't lose your hair; and effective. I cannot remember the name of the drugs used in that show. We need to work at getting this covered for uterine serous.

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