BEP chemotherapy is a special chemotherapy treatment for testicular cancer and for peculiar ovarian cancer. The name BEP is the first initials of the drugs used for the chemotherapy treatment. The medicines used for the treatment are Bleomycin, Etoposide and Cisplatin. The third drug had original contents of platinum. BEP treatments are done for patients with peculiar testicular and ovarian cancer.
These drugs can be given to the patient with a short stay in the hospital. The treatment is started by conducting few blood tests for the patient. In most cases, the test is conducted a day prior to starting the drugs. However, the treatment can also be started on the same day as the blood tests conducted.
These drugs are given by inserting a thin and small plastic tube to the vein in hand. The doctors make it a point to give anti-sickness medicines to the patient while injecting these drugs to the body. All the three drugs for chemotherapy (BEP chemotherapy) are given in the form of drips or infusion that is directly connected to your line or cannula.
In rare cases, the bleomycin is injected into the muscle unlike the regular method. Certain patients will feel pain or drowsiness with the injection and in that case, they will be given anesthetic. Similarly, before injecting the BEP chemotherapy drug cisplatin, the patient is given plenty of fluids to ensure the kidneys are working perfectly.
The treatment regimen is not the same for all the patients. It differs and varies according to the patient’s health condition. Doctors prescribe the regimen after checking the patient’s health conditions. You can either ask the doctor about the regimen or wait until they explain it to you. The two main regimens that are followed commonly are the three-day regimen and the five-day regimen.
There are possibilities for various side effects while being treated with the BEP chemotherapy such as neutropenia (lower resistance to infection) since the treatment will gradually decrease the number of white blood cells. The patient will be checked regularly for the count of white blood cells especially to manage the count to normal levels.