Q. What will CAMPTOSAR do to my cancer?
A. CAMPTOSAR may reduce the size of the tumor. With metastatic disease (cancer that has already spread), not all cancer cells are killed by chemotherapy. These cancer cells can grow into new tumors.
Q. How will I know if the CAMPTOSAR is working?
A. Your doctor will probably continue to follow your health using the same diagnostic tools as before. You may have blood tests, x-rays, or other types of radiology scans that will tell you about your cancer.
Q. How soon does CAMPTOSAR start working?
A. In studies with clinical study volunteers, most people who responded to CAMPTOSAR did so by the end of the second cycle of therapy (2 to 3 months). A few people took longer to respond. Some people never responded to CAMPTOSAR.
Q. How many treatments with CAMPTOSAR will I have to have?
A. There is no set number of treatments. If after a few cycles of therapy, CAMPTOSAR does not work for you, or if at any time the side effects are too much for you, your doctor will stop therapy. If CAMPTOSAR does help you, however, the treatments can continue for as long as CAMPTOSAR will fight your cancer.
Q. What can I really expect in terms of side effects?
A. Many patients will have diarrhea. Most often it can be brought under control by properly using loperamide. Nausea is also common and can usually be kept under control with the proper drugs, as well. You may lose some hair temporarily, and your blood counts may drop moderately. Be sure to discuss all possible side effects with your doctor or nurse, so you know what to expect and when to call your doctor.
Q. While I'm taking CAMPTOSAR, will I feel worse than I did before therapy?
A. Unfortunately, you won't know the answer to that question unless you undergo the treatment. Your doctor needs to know how you feel during and after your treatment; then both you and your doctor can decide if it's best for you to continue therapy.