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.
Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it will be given.
Your medicine may be given through a tube put into one of your veins. This is called intravenous (in-tra-VEEN-us), or IV.
The medicine can also be given in a large blood vessel or artery near the part of your body where the cancer is. This is called intraarterial (in-tra-are-TEER-ee-ull), or IA.
A nurse or other caregiver trained to give cancer drugs will give your treatment.
If a dose is missed:
This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or the clinic where you get your treatments for instructions.
Do not breastfeed while you are being given this medicine.
Make sure your doctor knows if you have liver or kidney disease.
You may get infections more easily while getting this medicine. Stay away from crowds or people with colds, flu, or other infections.
This medicine may make your mouth sore or irritated. Keep your mouth clean to prevent infections. Brush your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush or mouth swab.
Avoid being out in the sun for long periods.
Floxuridine can cause nausea and vomiting. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to keep you from feeling sick and throwing up. If the medicine does not help (you can't keep liquids down), call your doctor.
Do not get pregnant while you or your sexual partner are receiving floxuridine. Use an effective form of birth control while you are getting this medicine.
If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before you start your treatments.