Patients who have colon cancer that has spread to other parts of the body during chemotherapy may take panitumumab injections. This chemotherapy medication slows the growth of cancer cells in order to stop them from spreading throughout the body.

Side Effects/Warnings

This medication can cause serious skin problems. These skin problems can lead to infections that are sometimes fatal. Call your doctor immediately if you have any skin problems following this medication, such as pimples, dry skin, sores on the skin or itching on the skin. You also need medical attention if the skin around your fingernails or toenails becomes red or sore.

Some patients may have a severe allergic reaction to this medication which includes swelling of the face and mouth, difficulty breathing and hives or rashes. You must stay in the hospital for a few hours after taking the medication to make sure you don’t have a reaction.

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