Ifosfamide is a chemotherapy drug utilized in the treatment of various types of cancer, including soft-tissue and bone sarcomas. It is important for patients to understand the details of this treatment, including its administration, potential side effects, and precautionary measures.
• Given intravenously (IV, meaning through the veins).
• Treatment may be given over the course of 3-5 days every 21 days, which defines 1 cycle.
• Different delivery methods, including cannulas, central lines, PICC lines, or implantable ports, are tailored to individual patient needs.
• A chemotherapy nurse, specialized pharmacist, or oncologist will oversee the administration, often in combination with other cancer drug.
• Before treatment, a blood sample is taken to ensure safe blood cell levels for chemotherapy.
• You may receive oral or IV drugs prior and after the infusion to prevent nausea.
• It is possible that a subcutaneous injection is required following each cycle. Given at home or at the clinic, it will help boost the immune system.
• Imaging is usually repeated every 2-3 cycles to determine the response.
• The number of cycles of treatment will depend on your tolerance to treatment and your response.