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FA: Cancer Drugs & Clinical Use

Discussion in 'Step I' started by bbpiano1, May 7, 2008.

  1. bbpiano1

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    Did anyone here find it useful to memorize the 'Clinical Use' sections of the the FA 2008 cancer drugs (ex. etoposide treats small cell, prostate, and testicular)?
     
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  3. lord_jeebus

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    If your gut says it's worthless, you're probably right
     
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    For what its worth, I took the exam a week ago and didn't have any questions on clinical use for cancer drugs. I remember at least one question on side effects though.

    Related note on pharm overall - I only used FA, and I can't remember any pharm question they asked that I couldn't answer based on FA info.
     
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    i had the same problem when i went thru that section...theres no way it can be asked..just know mechs and side effects...
     
  6. Labslave

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    Mechanisms and side effects were definitely enough for my exam. Obviously know that Gleevec is used for CML. Knowing that 5-FU is used for GI cancers isn't a bad idea. Same sort of situiation for methotrexate, which is an abortifacient. Otherwise, forget the indications.
     
  7. SeventhSon

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    In my opinion, it is worth knowing very common chemo regimens because it helps me remember the drugs anyway... i.e. i will remember that a patient that has colon cancer is going to have a certain side effect, that will help me remember the drug.

    i.e. you can wiki

    Hodgkins Lymphoma - ABVD and MOPP regimen
    non-hodkings - CHOP
    colon - FOLFOX / FOLFIRI
    CLL - FCR
    testicular - BEP and VIP
    Breast - AC, CMF, FEC

    for the record, my dad did pharm-onc for 20 years.. so maybe im just crazy
     

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