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If you have ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, or lung cancer, your healthcare provider may recommend topotecan (Hycamtin®). This prescription chemotherapy medication comes in capsule and injectable form, and is typically used once daily for three to five days (every 21 days for a certain number of cycles). Common side effects include vomiting, nausea, and anemia.
 
Topotecan is not appropriate for everyone; your healthcare provider needs complete information on what medicines you are taking and your medical history before prescribing this chemotherapy drug. For example, make sure your healthcare provider is aware if you have kidney disease, any infections, or any bleeding. Also, let him or her know if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any allergies.
 
(For more information on this chemotherapy drug, click Topotecan. This article takes a closer look at this medicine, including how it works for treating various types of cancer, what to expect while taking it, and tips for using it effectively.)
 
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