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FOLFIRINOX Treatment Outline (7061)

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FOLFIRINOX Treatment Outline

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

How Often Every 14 days

Preparation for Therapy
ξ Venous Access Device (VAD) – A
PORT or PICC is placed to allow for the
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.

ξ Chartwell Midwest Wisconsin is the
home IV group that will 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 group, Chartwell
will help set this up. You may receive a
phone call from Chartwell to talk about
their services.

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

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

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