Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Photofrin

Descriptions


Porfimer belongs to the group of medicines known as antineoplastics. It is used, together with a special laser light, to treat cancer of the esophagus (the part of the digestive tract that carries food to the stomach) and to treat a form of lung cancer. This medicine may also treat changes in the esophagus that might lead to cancer, such as a condition called Barrett's esophagus.

This medicine is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, porfimer is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Cancer of the biliary tract (cholangiocarcinoma), unresectable, after double stenting.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Powder for Solution