Jul 19, 2013 - 3:47 pm
HI, all. I thought it would be a good resource for this board to have a section where users could explain the different treatments we can have, what they are and where to obtain them, and when in the course of treatment they are used. For instance, what is TACE? What is HIPEC? What are all of the different chemo drugs out there? What is KRAS and why is it important? (I got the idea for this when someone defined HIPEC as the "mother of all surgeries" !!!)
I'll start by defining FOLFOX, which I have had the pleasure to experience first-hand:
FOLFOX is a name for a particular type of chemotherapy consisting of an intervenous cocktail of two drugs and a vitamin: oxaliplatin (with the vitamin leucovorin), and 5-FU (flourouracil). In the US, FOLFOX is a "first line treatment" which is the first type of chemotherapy given to patients after they are diagnosed, usually stage IV patients and sometimes stage III. It is FDA approved. If patients can tolerate it, twelve treatments are given, with a two week break in between.
side effects: numerous but varies by patient. Most common side effect with oxaliplatin is cold sensitivity.
** Please add to this post with whatever you know or have experienced. If anyone comes up with a good classification system, we can all edit our posts.