Ifex® (There may be other brand names for this medication)
How is it Administered?
Your medicine will be given by injection into a vein (also called intravenous or IV). (IV), usually in your arm, wrist, hand, or chest.
What is it Used For?
This drug is used to treat bladder cancer, bone cancer, cervical cancer, head/neck cancer Hodgkin lymphoma, lung cancer, non Hodgkin lymphoma, ovarian cancer, soft tissue sarcomas, and germ cell testicular cancer.
How Does it Work?
Cancer is a group of diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control. Both normal and cancer cells go through cycles that include a resting phase, active growing phases, and division. Your chemotherapy schedule is based upon the type of cancer you have, the rate at which they divide, and the times when each drug is the most likely to be effective. This is why chemotherapy is typically given in cycles.
Ifosfamide is in a class of drugs known as alkalyting agents, and is related to the nitrogen mustards. Alkylating agents are most active in the resting phase of the cell.