How Do Keratinocyte Growth Factors Work?

Reviewed on 10/25/2021

HOW DO KERATINOCYTE GROWTH FACTORS WORK?

Keratinocyte growth factors are drugs used for treating severe mouth and throat sores associated with chemotherapy and radiation.

Keratinocyte growth factors stimulate cell growth in the mouth and throat. They also bind to specific receptors present on the surface of cells in the lining of the mouth, stomach, and intestines, thus protecting these cells from the harmful effects of certain chemotherapy.

HOW ARE KERATINOCYTE GROWTH FACTORS USED?

Keratinocyte growth factors are used for treating severe sores in the mouth and throat caused by chemotherapy or radiation that is directed against blood or bone marrow cancers.

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF KERATINOCYTE GROWTH FACTORS?

Some of the side effects of keratinocyte growth factors include:

The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.

WHAT ARE NAMES OF KERATINOCYTE GROWTH FACTORS?

Generic and brand names of keratinocyte growth factors include:

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/keratinocyte-growth-factors

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a605017.html

https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/palifermin

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