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What Is Sunitinib?

Although sunitinib (SUTENT®) is a chemotherapy drug, it is not approved to treat every type of cancer. What is sunitinib used for, specifically?
This medication is approved to treat cancer of the:
  • Pancreas
  • Kidney
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
Sunitinib is available in the form of a capsule. The standard recommended dose is one capsule per day. However, your healthcare provider will prescribe your specific dose based on things like how you respond to the medication and what type of cancer is being treated. Common side effects include lack of energy, diarrhea, and fever.
(Click Sunitinib for more details on what this drug is used for and how to take it. This article also includes information on how it performed in clinical trials, what to do in cases of overdose, and more.)
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