FDA Approves Bristol Myers Squibb's VePesid
Treating patients with lung cancer and recurrent testicular tumors.
It is used in combination with other cancer medications.
VePesid is an antineoplastic. It works by stopping the tumor cells from dividing (mitosis), which prevents the spread of certain types of cancer.
Vepesid capsules contain the active ingredient etoposide, which is an anticancer chemotherapy medicine.
Cancers form when some cells within the body multiply uncontrollably and abnormally. These cells spread, destroying nearby tissues. Etoposide works by stopping the cancer cells from multiplying.
Like normal healthy cells, cancer cells go through a continuous process of change. Each cell divides into two daughter cells. These cells grow, rest and then divide again. Etoposide prevents the cells from entering mitosis (the dividing stage) of the cell's life cycle. It also destroys cells in the previous phase before mitosis where proteins are made.
Etoposide is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.
Etoposide is used to treat cancer of the lung or testicles.