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Gemcitabine Cisplatin

gemcitabine cisplatin

Gemcitabine and cisplatin

find out what gc (gemcitabine and cisplatin) chemotherapy is, how you have it and other important information about having gc. gc is a combination of chemotherapy drugs and is also known as gemcis or gemcisplat. You have the treatment through a drip into your arm. A nurse puts a small tube (a cannula) into one of your veins and connects the drip to it. You might need a central line. This is a long plastic tube that gives the drugs into a large vein, either in your chest or through a vein in your arm. It stays in while you’re having treatment, which may be for a few months.

Alcohol

Some brands of gemcitabine contain alcohol (equal to half a glass of wine or half a pint of beer) and may make you drowsy or dizzy, especially if you have drunk alcohol. Don't operate machinery or drive if you feel drowsy.

Pregnancy and contraception

This treatment might harm a baby developing in the womb. It is important not to become pregnant or father a child while you are having treatment and for a few months afterwards. Talk to your doctor or nurse about effective contraception before starting treatment.

Fertility

You may not be able to become pregnant or father a child after treatment with these drugs. Talk to your doctor before starting treatment if you think you may want to have a baby in the future. Men may be able to store sperm before starting treatment. Women may be able to store eggs or ovarian tissue but this is rare.

Breastfeeding

Don’t breastfeed during this treatment because the drugs may come through in your breast milk.

How treatment with gemcitabine and cisplatin is given

You have your treatment in the chemotherapy day unit or during a short stay in hospital. A chemotherapy nurse will give it to you. During treatment, you usually see a cancer doctor, a chemotherapy nurse or a specialist nurse. This is who we mean when we mention doctor or nurse in this information. Before or on the day of treatment, a nurse or person trained to take blood (phlebotomist) will take a blood sample from you. This is to check that it is okay for you to have chemotherapy. You will also see a doctor or nurse before you have chemotherapy. They will ask you about how you have been. If your blood results are alright on the day of your treatment, the pharmacist will prepare your chemotherapy. Your nurse will tell you when your treatment is likely to be ready.

Your course of gemcitabine and cisplatin

You will have chemotherapy as a course of several sessions (or cycles) of treatment over a few months. Gemcitabine and cisplatin can be given in different ways. We describe two ways you might have it. Your doctor or nurse will be able to give you details of your treatment course. Before you go home, the nurse or pharmacist will give you anti-sickness drugs to take. They may also give you anti-diarrhoea tablets if you need them. Take all your tablets exactly as the nurse or pharmacist has explained.

Possible side effects of gemcitabine and cisplatin

We explain the most common side effects of gemcitabine and cisplatin here. But we don’t include all the rare ones that are unlikely to affect you. You may get some of the side effects we mention, but you are very unlikely to get all of them. Always tell your doctor or nurse about the side effects you have. Your doctor can prescribe drugs to help control some of these. It is very important to take the drugs exactly as your nurse or pharmacist has explained. This means they will be more likely to work better for you. Your nurse will give you advice about managing your side effects. After your treatment is over, the side effects will start to improve.

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