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Acronym: DHAP



Most often associated with treatment of Lymphoma.

Cisplatin

(Platinol®, Platinol®-AQ, CDDP)


Used to treat testicular, ovarian, bladder, head and neck, esophageal, small and non-small cell lung, breast, cervical, stomach and prostate cancers. Also to treat Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, neuroblastoma, sarcomas, multiple myeloma, melanoma, and mesothelioma.


Cytarabine

(Cytosar-U®, Ara-C, Arabinosylcytosine)


Cytarabine is used to treat different forms of leukemia, including acute and chronic myelogenous (AML and CML) and acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). It is also used to treat lymphoma, meningeal leukemia and lymphoma (cancers found in the lining of the brain and spinal cord)


Dexamethasone

(Decadron, Dexasone, Diodex, Hexadrol, Maxidex, dexamethasone sodium phosphate, dexamethasone acetate)


As an anti-inflammatory medication. Dexamethasone relieves inflammation in various parts of the body. It is used specifically to decrease swelling (edema), associated with tumors of the spine and brain, and to treat eye inflammation.

To treat or prevent allergic reactions.

As treatment of certain kinds of autoimmune diseases, skin conditions, asthma and other lung conditions.

As treatment for a variety of cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

To treat nausea and vomiting associated with some chemotherapy drugs.

Used to stimulate appetite in cancer patients with severe appetite problems.

Also used to replace steroids in conditions of adrenal insufficiency (low production of needed steroids produced by the adrenal glands).