Is cellcept a form of chemotheapry?
Yes Cellcept is a form of chemotherapy. Some Lupus patients especially those that have Lupus attacking their kidneys actually forgo taking cellcept because of the side effects. I am including a wonderful link I have found that can answer so much more for you than I can. Also I am an owner of a Lupus website that I would be more than happy to provide that for you as well where you can gain so much more understanding and have a ton of support for anything and everything that goes on in your life with Lupus and things without Lupus. Here are both links. http://www.lupus.org/webmodules/articles… LupusAutoimmuneSisters@yahoogroups.com We have a ton of members who have Lupus plus some of us with other condtions, but what we all have in common is a desire to support eachother in good times and in bad times and we have compiled a ton of information in form of files and links that are easy for you to
cellcept, is not actuallywhat would be considered a viable chemotherpay agent today. Many years ago, it would have been used to treat some types of cancer with only short term success or no success. Today it is considered an immunosuppresent, like many of the drugs used to treat Lupus and many other autoimmune diseases, it is also used in paitents who have had kidney transplants, or who have Lupus Nerphritis. Last year I was on Cytoxin, another early chemotherapy agent, now called a strong imunosuppresent. Like you cellcept is being tossed around the table at my doctors office. cellcept, is a very strong immunosuppresent, and can have many side effects, some of which I will list. But belive me, when I had my major flare of Lupus brain Cebritis last year, without one of these two drugs, I may have died. So I belive that if you are this ill and CellCept is being talked about, you may be ill enough that regardless of the side efects you may really need it. Just really ask the doctor why y
Cellcept is a drug used mostly in transplant patients to help them not have organ/tissue rejection. With Lupus (SLE), the body is attacking it’s own cells. No one knoew why so they are still working on the cure. In transplant patients, the patients own cells don’t recognize the transplanted organ and so it will try to attack it leadin to trasnplant failure. Cellcept helps by reducing the bodies ability to attack the foreing cell. So for you, cellcept reduces your owns bodies ability to attack your own cells. Hopefully, this helps.