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FOLFIRI Treatment Outline (7060)

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FOLFIRI Treatment Outline

Medicines Irinotecan – 90 minute intravenous (IV) infusion
Leucovorin – 90-120 minute IV infusion (along with Irinotecan)
5Fluorouracil (5FU) – given 2 ways
 As a quick (bolus) IV injection given by a nurse through the IV
tubing with a 5FU-filled syringe, followed by
 An outpatient, 46 hour constant IV infusion provided by a home
IV infusion company. The 5FU is given by a small pump worn
in a fanny pack around the waist. The home IV infusion
company will arrange your disconnect at the end of the

How Often Every 14 days

How to Prepare for Therapy
 Venous Access Device (VAD) – A PORT or PICC catheter is placed for
constant infusion of 5FU. This is often scheduled in our Interventional
Radiology Department (G3/3). A nurse from that department will call you
before the procedure to talk about what will happen and answer your questions.

 Chartwell Midwest Wisconsin is the home IV company that
will be contacted to provide the constant infusion 5FU and the
infusion pump. A Chartwell nurse will meet you in the
chemotherapy room, after the bolus 5FU, to connect the
constant infusion 5FU to your VAD. If your insurance company
has a contract with a different home infusion company,
Chartwell will help set this up. You may receive a phone call
from Chartwell to talk about their services.

 Blood will be drawn right before the VAD placement or within 2 weeks of
starting chemotherapy.

 Anti-nausea medicines will be given in clinic before starting the chemotherapy.
You will also be given a supply to take home. Anti-diarrhea medicine may also
be ordered.

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