Gemcitabine injection is used together with other medicines (for example, carboplatin) to treat patients with advanced ovarian cancer that has come back at least six months after treatment with other cancer medicines (platinum-based).
Gemcitabine injection is also used together with other medicines (for example, paclitaxel) to treat metastatic (cancer that has spread) breast cancer in patients who have received other treatments (for example, anthracycline medicine) that did not work well.
It is also used together with other medicines (for example, cisplatin) to treat non-small cell lung cancer that has advanced, spread, or cannot be treated with surgery. Gemcitabine injection is also used for the treatment of pancreas cancer that has advanced or spread to other parts of the body in patients who have been previously treated with fluorouracil.
Gemcitabine intermeddles with the growth of cancer cells, which are ultimately destroyed. Since the growth of normal cells might also be affected by the medicine, other effects will also happen. Some of these might be severe and should be reported to your doctor.
Other effects, such as hair loss, might not be severe but may cause concern. Some effects might happen after treatment with gemcitabine has been stopped. This medication should only be administered by your physician or under his or her direct supervision.
The product is available in the following dosing forms:
- Powder for Solution