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Medicines used to treat cancer are very strong and can have many side effects. Before receiving this medicine, make sure you understand all the risks and benefits. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor during your treatment.
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine in a medical facility. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin, usually in the stomach area for at least 3 to 5 minutes.
This medicine is given alone or in combination with other medicines. Your doctor will decide on how often and how many treatments you will receive.
This medicine should come with a patient information leaflet. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have questions.
You may receive an antiviral medicine to prevent shingles at least 1 week after starting treatment with this medicine and continue for 3 months after treatment.
You may also receive other medicines (eg, allergy medicine, fever medicine, steroid) 1 to 3 hours before receiving this medicine and after treatment to help prevent unwanted reactions to the injection.
This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or treatment clinic for instructions.