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If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may receive Hexalen® (altretamine) as part of your chemotherapy treatment. It is used when the cancer has come back or has not responded adequately to other chemotherapy treatment. Although this prescription medicine is not a cure for this disease, it can help relieve cancer symptoms.
It comes as a capsule that is taken by mouth four times a day. It is usually taken after meals and at bedtime. As a type of alkylating agent, Hexalen works by disrupting the way cancer cells grow and multiply. There are also a number of off-label (unapproved) uses for Hexalen, such as treating breast cancer, cervical cancer, and pancreatic cancer.
(Click Hexalen Uses for a closer look at using Hexalen for ovarian cancer. This article also talks about whether this medication is safe for use in older adults and children.)
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