Generic Name: ramucirumab
Drug Class: Targeted Therapy Medications
Company: Eli Lilly
Approval Status: Approved
Generic Version Available: No
Cyramza is a VEGFR2 inhibitor approved for treatment of cancer of the stomach or gastroesophageal junction (where the stomach meets the esophagus), metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer, metastatic colorectal cancer that progresses after chemotherapy and previously treated liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) in people with a high alpha fetoprotein level.
Cyramza is a monoclonal antibody that blocks vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2, which is important for the development of blood vessels that feed tumors.
The RAINBOW and REGARD trials showed that Cyramza slows disease progression and improves survival in people with stomach or gastroesophageal junction cancer. The RAISE and REVEL trials showed it improves progression-free and overall survival in people with metastatic colorectal cancer and those with nonsquamous or squamous metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer. The REACH-2 trial showed Cyramza improves progression-free and overall survival in previously treated liver cancer patients with high alpha fetoprotein. It was first approved in 2014.
Cyramza is given by intravenous infusion. It may be used alone or with chemotherapy.
Common side effects include high blood pressure and diarrhea. Potential serious side effects may include blood clots in arteries, severe hypertension, stomach or intestinal perforation and infusion reactions. The Cyramza label includes a warning about the risk of severe bleeding (hemorrhage).
For More Info: https://www.cyramza.com
Patient Assistance Program Info: https://www.cyramzahcp.com/financial-assistance
Last Reviewed: May 14, 2019