- Treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC)
- Investigational for other neoplasms
THIS MEDICATION IS TO BE ADMINISTERED BY A CHEMO-TRAINED NURSE. IF THE NURSE IS NOT CHEMO-TRAINED, THEY ARE TO CONTACT THE UNIT NURSE EDUCATOR OR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE.
Commercial and Investigational Supply:
- Refrigerate vials and protect from light.
- Available as a 25 mg/mL (1.2 mL) concentrate that requires further dilution with the supplied diluent (1.8 mL) for a final concentration of 10 mg/mL.
- Agitate diluent gently prior to use to ensure complete uniformity. Mix well by inverting vial. DO NOT SHAKE. Allow air bubbles to subside before withdrawing dose.
- For doses < 10 mg, filter the reconstituted mixture using a syringe filter before measuring the required volume
- Diluted vials stable 24 hr at room temperature
- For final product: further dilute with NS to final concentration of 0.04 - 1 mg/mL. Stable for 6 hrs at room temperature. Mix by inversion. DO NOT SHAKE.
- Protect from excessive light; protective covering not needed if prepared and administered under fluorescent room light.
- Compatible with NS ONLY.
- Temsirolimus should not be mixed with other solutions or medications.
(For approved routes of administration by nursing personnel, refer to Policy for the Administration of Intravenous Medications.)
|IV Intermittent Infusion||
Yes, Use Non-PVC bag & tubing and use a < 5 micron filter for all doses > 10 mg
Usual dilution: in 250 mL of NS. Final concentration of 0.04 to 1 mg/mL
Infusion time: 30-60 minutes
|IV Continuous Infusion||NO|
(For neonatal dosages, refer to Neonatal IV Drug Manual.)
- 15 mg/m2 dose or 0.5 mg/kg/dose if patient < 10 kg*
*Dose dependent on study protocol
- 25 mg IV weekly
- Dose may be decreased if toxicities occur (refer to protocol)
Immediate (within a few minutes to hours):
- Hypersensitivity reactions (anaphylaxis, dyspnea, flushing and/or chest pain).
- Common side effects: edema, fever, headache, rash, pruritus, mucositis, nausea, anorexia, diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, anemia, weakness, back pain, arthralgia, dyspnea, and cough.
Delayed (within a few days to months):
- Myelosuppression, notably anemia and lymphopenia.
- Hyperglycemia and hyperlipemia are likely.
- May increase alkaline phosphatase, AST, creatinine and BUN.
- Abnormal wound healing: caution in perioperative period.
- May increase risk of bleeding in patients receiving anticoagulants.
- Interstitial lung disease: dyspnea, cough, hypoxia and/or fever.
- Rare: angioedema, bowel perforation, pneumonitis.
- Premedicate with Benadryl. Have anaphylactic kit available at bedside
- Monitor vital signs (pulse, respiratory rate, BP, temp) q15 min x 4 after starting infusion, then q30 min x 2
- High potential for drug interactions. Please contact pharmacy before initiating new medication
- Monitor: CBC, diff, electrolytes, calcium, phosphate, creatinine, BUN, LDH, AST, Bilirubin T/D, alkaline phosphatase, Total cholesterol, Triglycerides, glucose
- In patients receiving anticoagulants, monitor INR and PTT before each treatment
- Contraindicated in patients with bilirubin > 1.5 X ULN
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Pfizer. Product monograph, Torisel. December 2016 version. Accessed 17Apr2019
Cancer Care Ontario. Temsirolimus Drug Monograph. Accessed 17Apr2019
Children's Oncology Group Protocol ARST1431. 19Nov2018 version (amd#3). Accessed 17Apr2019