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 while you are in a hospital or chemotherapy treatment center. A nurse or other caregiver trained to give cancer drugs will give your treatment.
Your medicine will be given through a tube that is put in a vein, usually in your arm, wrist, or hand, and sometimes in your chest. This is called intravenous (in-tra-VEEN-us), or IV infusion.
This medicine is given slowly, so your IV will remain in place for 30 to 60 minutes.
You may also receive other medicines to help prevent nausea and vomiting.
Do not get the medicine on your skin. If it does, wash the area well with soap and water, and tell your caregiver.
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 treatment clinic where you get your treatments for instructions.