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Eloxatin (There may be other brand names for this medication)
How is Oxaliplatin Administered?
Your medicine will be given by injection into a vein, usually every 14 days.
What is it Used For?
This drug, along with other medications, is used to treat advanced colorectal cancer, and to prevent cancer from spreading in people who have had the tumor surgically removed.
How Does it Work?
Cancer is a group of diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control. Your chemotherapy schedule is based upon the type of cancer you have, how quickly the cancer cells reproduce, and the reproductive phase(s) during which each drug is most effective. This is why chemotherapy is typically given in cycles.
Oxaliplatin is in a class of drugs known as platinum-containing compounds (metal salt) and an alkylating agent. The faster cells are reproducing, the more likely it is that chemotherapy will damage/kill the cells. Unfortunately, some normal cells reproduce rapidly too, and it is these cells that are most likely to be affected. (Cells lining the mouth, stomach, and intestines; hair follicles; and blood cells). These normal cells will eventually grow back and be healthy. During treatment, however, you may experience side effects. (See sections on side effects and how to manage them.)