Gemzar For Mesothelioma

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glynis Says:

my 78 year old, otherwise healthy father was dx with mesothelioma in Nov, 2010. he was seen at a major medical center and was told that he was not a candidate for surgery due to the epithelioiod subtype he has. He opted for chemo and received 3 doses of carboplatinum and alimpta, 3 weeks apart. CT scans reveal that the chemo did no good and infact, his cancer is larger now. He was given the option to either do nothing, or start a new medication:Gemzar. He opts to start Gemzar despite the fact that the MD tells us that it has even less liklihood to benefit him. I cannot find anything on Gemzar in mesothelioma patients. Can you give me any advice or words of wisdom here? anything will be appreciated. ( He will start Gemzar on 2/24 and is supposed to get it once weekly x 3 weeks, one week off , then repeat once weekly x 3 weeks. )

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Verwon Says:

The active ingredient in Gemzar is Gemcitabine, which is a chemotherapy drug, however, it doesn't seem to he aimed at any one specific type of cancer and it's use in many is really considered experimental.

You can learn more about it here:


If he didn't respond to the others, then his options are limited.

Does anyone have experience using this?

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