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Regimen Information

For Erbitux + radiation, including Side Effects

Erbitux + radiation

Drugs in this Regimen:

For the treatment of Head and Neck Cancer

How Erbitux + radiation chemotherapy is given and possible side effects.

Erbitux + radiation for the treatment of Head and Neck Cancer




Erbitix (cetuximab) is a recombinant, chimeric monoclonal antibody directed against the epidermal growth factor (EGFR) with antineoplastic activity and used in head and neck cancer with radiation.

MOST COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF ERBITUX + RADIATION

  • Mouth Sores

  • Radiation Skin Reactions

  • Alopecia or Hair Loss

For more information, see the 'Expert Resources' tab below.

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 Jan E R.

6 Chemo treatments and 19 radiations out of 10/39- so far no rash? Has anyone ever NOT gotten the rash? also- starting to have severe tenderness around my nail beds and some dryness on my eyelids- any advice is welcome!!!!!!

  • Sun Jun 15, 2014

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