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Regimen Information

For 5FU + cisplatin, including Side Effects

5FU + cisplatin

Drugs in this Regimen:

For the treatment of Esophageal Cancer

How 5FU + cisplatin chemotherapy is given and possible side effects.

5FU + Cisplatin for the treatment of Esophageal Cancer

5FU + Cisplatin is a chemotherapy regimen used in the treatment of esophageal cancer. This treatment involves two chemotherapy drugs: cisplatin and fluorouracil, which is also known as 5FU.

Chemotherapy is often given as a combination of drugs. Combinations usually work better than single drugs because different drugs kill cancer cells in different ways.


  • Nausea & Vomiting

  • Risk of Infection

  • Bruising and Bleeding

  • Anemia

  • Constipation

  • Numbness in Hands and Feet

  • Fatigue

For more information, see the 'Expert Resources' tab below.

Community Responses

Often, the most helpful information regarding treatment side effects comes not from clinical brochures, but rather from other patients like you. We've collected the most helpful community resources to help you prepare for the side effects and coping tips for your chemotherapy regimen.

What side effects did you experience while on this medication?

Hi, I'm Annie P H.

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numbness in legs,feet ,toes and fingers

  • Tue Mar 27, 2018

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Treatment Overview

This chemotherapy regimen is commonly used to treat:

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