The generic name of Imfinzi is Durvalumab. This is an anti-cancer medicine or referred to by the medical profession as an antineoplastic drug. It is an Anti-PD-L1 monoclonal antibody. It is used for treating urothelial cancers that are considered as cancer metastasis when the disease already progresses. It can also be given to patients who have unresectable stage III NSCLC non-small cell lung cancer and the illness has not progressed after concurrent radiation therapy and platinum-based chemo sessions.
How is it given?
Every two weeks, the physician will schedule an IV session. Its dosage will be dependent on various factors like the current health status, weight, height, type of cancers and the like. During the infusion, you will closely be monitored for its reaction.
The most common ones are infection and fatigue. Less common may include constipation, muscle or bone pain, rash, nausea, decreased appetite, fever, colitis, swelling, abdominal pain, UTI, decreased sodium level in the blood.
It is best to contact the doctor no matter what time it may be if the patient experience chills or fever higher than 100.4 F, imbalance, confusion, cough and shortness of breath.
Before you start the treatment, ensure that the doctor is aware of the current medication you are taking regardless if it is herbal or not. It is also not recommended to have aspirin unless the doctor tells you so or to receive any immunization or vaccine during the process of treatment. If pregnant, breastfeeding or intending to be pregnant, the doctor must be aware of it as well.
Other things to remember
Every 24 hours, it is best to drink at least 2-3 quarts of water. While on medication, you will be at risk of infection so ensure to avoid any crowded places. Any sign of fever or infection should be reported right away. Nausea can be reduced by taking anti-nausea medicines and by eating small yet frequent meals.
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