Nexavar Uses

Using Nexavar for Thyroid Cancer

DTC is a type of thyroid cancer. Treatment typically begins with surgery to remove the thyroid and is then followed by treatment with radioactive iodine. Nexavar is approved for the treatment of thyroid cancer that has either returned after therapy or has spread to other parts of the body and is resistant to radioactive iodine treatment.
 

How Does It Work?

Nexavar belongs to a class of medications known as multikinase inhibitors. It works by blocking the action of kinases, which are proteins in the body that cause cells (including cancer cells) to grow and multiply. By blocking signals from kinases that tell cells to grow, Nexavar helps slow down the progression of the disease.
 

Is It Safe for Children to Use Nexavar?

Nexavar is not approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medicine in children.
 

Can Older Adults Use It?

Nexavar can be used in older adults. In clinical studies, Nexavar was as effective and safe in older adults as it was in younger age groups. However, because of general changes that occur in the body with age, and because older adults are more likely to have other medical conditions, some older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication.
 

Off-Label Nexavar Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for treating something other than the conditions listed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Nexavar may be used off-label to treat non-small cell lung cancer and metastatic malignant melanoma (a form of skin cancer).
 
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