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Gemcitabine – Any Information?

  • By Marymac4441

    I am to try this Chemo drug. Has anyone ever tried it? I am worried about chemo brain fog which I had with past chemo drug Alimta. It was terrible. I didn’t think I was going to make it. Matter of fact if there was any other option to keep me alive, I would take it. However I don’t qualify for immunotherapy, done all the radiation, surgery not an option, tried different pills but couldn’t tolerate them. Any information would help. Thanks.

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  • By Margot Keymaster

    Hi @marymac4441,

    Thanks so much for your question. In addition to comments from the community, you may find this post on gemcitabine helpful: https://lungcancer.net/medications/chemotherapy-methotrexate-pemtrexed-gemcitabine/ We also always recommend speaking with your doctor or healthcare provider and bringing them any questions or concerns if you have not already, especially as reactions to and side effects from different treatments can vary greatly by person! If you do experience chemo brain, these tips may also help: https://lungcancer.net/treatment-side-effects-memory-problems/ https://lungcancer.net/living/tips-managing-chemo-brain/

    Thinking of you,
    Margot, LungCancer.net Team

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  • By Don Stranathan Moderator

    I was on it in 2010 for six cycles. I have stage 4 lung cancer with metastasis to my liver. After six cycles of Avastin, Carbo and Taxol I did six cycles of Gemzar. The liver nodules disappeared after three infusions and never returned. The only real side effect was I felt chilled all the time and a little fatigued, Good luck Don Moderator

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