Cancer and Ifex
Approved to treat testicular cancer, Ifex® (ifosfamide) is given as a slow injection into a vein (intravenously, or by IV) once a day for five days every three weeks. This prescription chemotherapy drug is reserved for use after at least two other treatments have been tried unsuccessfully.
Ifex is a type of alkylating agent and works by preventing DNA strands from separating, which is necessary for them to replicate. As a result, this drug can help prevent cancer cells from growing and multiplying.
On occasion, a healthcare provider may prescribe Ifex to treat other forms of cancer, such as breast cancer, lung cancer, or ovarian cancer; however, these are unapproved ("off-label") uses for the medication.
(Click Ifex Uses to learn more about using this chemotherapy drug to treat various forms of cancer. This article contains detailed information on how Ifex works, what it is used to treat, and whether it is safe for children.)