It is important to understand that encorafenib is not a traditional chemotherapy drug and has a different way of working. It works by targeting the cancer cells to stop them growing and spreading.
The treatment schedule below explains how the drugs for this treatment are given.
|Cetuximab and encorafenib
|This treatment cycle is repeated every 7 days. Your doctor will advise you of the number of treatments you will have.
|How it is given
|How long it takes
|1 to 7
Take orally ONCE a day with a glass of water, with or without food. Swallow whole - do not break, crush or chew the capsules.
On day 1 encorafenib must be taken at least 60 minutes prior to cetuximab and any premedications.
If you forget to take a dose, and if it is more than 12 hours before your next dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is less than 12 hours before your next dose, skip that dose and take your normal dose the next time it is due. Do not take an extra dose.
If you vomit after taking your dose, do not take the same dose again. Take the next dose at the usual time.
By a drip into a vein
About 2 hours (cycle 1 may take 3 hours)
Encorafenib capsules are available in two capsule strengths, 50 mg and 75 mg. It is important that you take the correct capsules and understand how to take them. Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to complete the table below with the correct number of capsules for you.
|Number of capsules
- Tell your doctor if you have high blood pressure or any heart, liver, kidney or eye problems.