Velban® (There may be other names for this medication.)
How is Vinblastine Administered?
Your medicine will be given by infusion into a vein (intravenous or IV).
What Is It Used For?
Vinblastine treats many types of cancer including Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, t-cell lymphoma, choriocarcinoma, and testicular, breast, lung, bladder, cervical, and head and neck cancers.
How Does it Work?
Cancers are diseases in which abnormal cells reproduce uncontrollably. Your chemo schedule is based upon:
- your cancer type and how fast the cancer cells reproduce
- the phase of the cell cycle when the chemo is most effective — the resting, growing, or reproduction phases
With these factors in mind, your doctors create a chemo schedule to give each medication when it will do the most damage to the cancer cells.
Vinblastine is a type of plant alkaloid called a vinca alkaloid. It attacks the cancer cells during specific stages of the cell cycle.
Many chemo medications identify and attack cancer cells because they reproduce quickly. Some cells in your body normally reproduce quickly and those cells are most likely to be damaged/destroyed by chemo. These normal cells will eventually grow back and be healthy. During treatment, however, you may experience side effects from chemo’s effects on these cells.