Gemcitibine (also known as Gemzar®)


What is it?

Gemcitabine is commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer. It is a colourless fluid, which is usually given by intravenous infusion(through a drip) with each infusion usually lasting around 30 minutes. You will often be given anti-sickness drugs (anti-emetics) at the same time.

How is it given?

Intravenous infusions are given through a thin, short tube (cannula) put into a vein in your arm each time you have treatment. Alternatively, you may have a central line, a portacath or a PICC line inserted just before your treatment starts. These are tubes that give the drugs directly into a large vein in your chest and will stay in place as long as you need them.

What are the side effects?

Usually the side effects of Gemcitabine are relatively mild.

The most common side effects are:

Occasionally, patients will experience:

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