This medicine, like all medicines used to treat cancer, is very strong. Make sure you understand why you are getting it and what the risks and benefits of treatment are. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor.
You will receive this medicine in a hospital or cancer treatment center. Your doctor will tell you how often the medicine should be given.
An intrathecal (in-tra-THEE-kal) injection is a shot given through your back into the fluid around your spinal cord. The medicine is given only by a doctor who is trained in giving this type of injection.
You may also receive other medicines to help prevent nausea and vomiting.
After the injection, you will need to lie flat for about 1 hour. During this time, a doctor or nurse will watch for any side effects you may have from the medicine.
This medicine is usually given every 2 weeks or every 4 weeks. You may receive only 2 treatments or as many as 4 treatments.
If a dose is missed:
This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor or treatment clinic for instructions.