How Does It Work?Eloxatin is known as a platinum-based anticancer medication. It works by binding together strands of DNA within the cells, including cancer cells. This prevents the cells from multiplying, which can stop the growth and spread of the cancer.
Is It Safe for Children to Use Eloxatin?Eloxatin is not approved for use in children. At this time, it is unknown whether this medication would work in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using this drug in children.
Can Older Adults Use It?Yes, older adults can use Eloxatin. However, older adults appear to have a higher risk for certain side effects, such as:
- Severe low white blood cell counts (which may increase the risk for infection)
- Low potassium levels
Also, Eloxatin has not been shown to be effective for the treatment of stage III colon cancer in people older than 65 years of age.
Off-Label Uses for EloxatinOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than the uses discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Eloxatin may be used off-label to treat:
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that has returned or did not adequately respond to other treatment
- Advanced ovarian cancer
- Advanced breast cancer
- Stage II colon cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Non-small cell lung cancer.
In addition, the use of Eloxatin in combination with chemotherapy medicines other than leucovorin and 5-fluorouracil would be considered an off-label use.