Everolimus is the generic name for the trade name drug Afinitor. In some cases, healthcare professionals may use the brand name Afinitor when referring to the generic drug name everolimus.
Everolimusis an antineoplastic chemotherapy drug. This medication is classified as an"mTOR kinase inhibitor." (For more detail, see "How Everolimus Works" below).
What Everolimus Is Used For:*
HowEverolimus Is Given
Important things to remember about the side effects of everolimus:
How Everolimus Works
Targeted therapy is a result of about 100 years of research dedicated to understanding the differences between cancer cells and normal cells. To date, cancer treatment has focused primarily on killing rapidly dividing cells because one feature of cancer cells is that they divide rapidly. Unfortunately, some of our normal cells divide rapidly too, causing multiple side effects.