This page contains brief information about rituximab and a collection of links to more information about the use of this drug, research results, and ongoing clinical trials.
Use in Cancer
Rituximab is approved to be used alone or with other drugs to treat:
- B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) that is CD20 positive.
- It is used alone in patients with follicular lymphoma or low-grade lymphoma that has relapsed or is refractory (doesn’t respond to treatment).
- It is used with first-line chemotherapy in patients whose NHL has not been treated.
- It is used alone as maintenance therapy in patients who are having a complete or partial response to rituximab and chemotherapy.
- It is used alone in patients with low-grade NHL that has not progressed after first-line therapy with cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and prednisone (CVP).
These uses are approved for the Rituxan and Truxima brands of rituximab.
- It is used with anthracycline combination chemotherapy in NHL that has not been treated. This use is approved for the Rituxan brand of rituximab.
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). This use is approved for the Rituxan brand of rituximab.
Rituximab is also being studied in the treatment of other conditions and types of cancer.
More About Rituximab
Definition from the NCI Drug Dictionary - Detailed scientific definition and other names for this drug.
MedlinePlus Information on Rituximab - A lay language summary of important information about this drug that may include the following:
- warnings about this drug,
- what this drug is used for and how it is used,
- what you should tell your doctor before using this drug,
- what you should know about this drug before using it,
- other drugs that may interact with this drug, and
- possible side effects.
Drugs are often studied to find out if they can help treat or prevent conditions other than the ones they are approved for. This patient information sheet applies only to approved uses of the drug. However, much of the information may also apply to unapproved uses that are being studied.
Research Results and Related Resources
Clinical Trials Accepting Patients
Find Clinical Trials for Rituximab - Check for trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials now accepting patients.