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FA: Cancer Drugs & Clinical Use

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

  1. bbpiano1

    bbpiano1 Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 30, 2005
    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

    lord_jeebus 和魂洋才 Moderator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2003
    If your gut says it's worthless, you're probably right
  4. worker_bee

    worker_bee New Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2006
    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.
  5. jbuck824

    jbuck824 2+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    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

    Labslave Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 19, 2005
    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

    SeventhSon SIMMER DOWN 7+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2005
    San Diego
    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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