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Regimen Information

For Gemzar , including Side Effects


Drugs in this Regimen:

For the treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

How Gemzar chemotherapy is given and possible side effects.

Gemzar for the treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

Gemzar (gemcitabine) is used in the treatment of pancreatic cancer.


  • Neuropathy

  • Diarrhea

  • Anemia

  • Nausea & Vomiting

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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 Budd McLean

Follow Drs. orders and pursue neutrophilia(sp) diet orders.

  • Thu Jan 9, 2014
Hi, I'm Budd McLean

Accepted infrequency of blood issues that interfere with inability to complete course schedule. 3 weeks treatment one week off. 18 sessions of infusion. We have not been able to complete 3 consecutive sessions due to blood count numbers causing neutrophilia (sp)
I am 69yo male .Completed Whipple procedure successfully but was unconscious with sepsis attack from 6/24 to 8/1, 2014.
Any suggestions to pursue. Dr. is the best in the area and does not appear to be concerned with infrequency of sessions. So I am satisfied there are no mistaken procedural issues.

  • Thu Jan 9, 2014

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