Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with thiotepa include the following:
- Thiotepa is given as an injection into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, injection) once every one to four weeks. It may also be given directly into the bladder or body cavities, such as the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen (stomach).
- You will receive your injection by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or infusion center.
- Your healthcare provider may give you other medicines prior to your injection to help reduce the risk for certain side effects.
- If you are receiving thiotepa as an injection into the bladder, your healthcare provider may advise you to avoid drinking fluids for 8 to 12 hours prior to your dose to make sure your bladder is empty.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. It is important to keep your appointments to receive your thiotepa doses.
The dose of thiotepa your healthcare provider recommends will vary, based on a number of factors, including:
- Your weight and possibly your height
- How the medication is being given
- The type of cancer you have
- How you respond to and tolerate it
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Thiotepa Dosage for more information.)
Thiotepa may react with several other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Thiotepa).