Alvin Schergen, MD, FACP | Authors

Advantages of Every-3-Week Dosing of Erythropoietic Agents to Manage Chemotherapy-Induced Anemia

June 01, 2006

Patients receiving chemotherapy for cancer often develop anemia, which can contribute to increased morbidity and reduced quality of life.[1] It is important for clinicians to be aware of current clinical studies in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced anemia. In patients with nonmyeloid malignancies, chemotherapy-induced anemia can be successfully treated using erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs). The application of these agents has evolved from more frequent to less frequent administration and from weight-based to single, fixed doses. Emerging data show that ESAs can be given safely on the same day as chemotherapy without loss of efficacy,[2] and that these agents may be administered as infrequently as every 3 weeks.[3,4] The every-3-week schedule is convenient and may reduce the burden on patients and their caregivers by reducing the number of visits to the clinic.