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Screen for hepatitis B virus in all cancer patients starting systemic treatment. Find out more about hepatitis B virus screening and management.


Appearance: Available as tablets in various strengths, shapes and colours OR a clear, colourless injection that may be mixed into larger bags of fluids. 

Drug Formulary information is intended for use by healthcare professionals. It is not intended to be medical advice. Some of the information, including information about funding for cancer drugs, does not apply to all patients. Cancer treatment plans are unique to each patient. If you are a patient, please speak with your healthcare team to understand how this information applies to you.

Patient Info Sheet

Jan 2018

What it is used for

  • Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid (acts like a hormone the body normally makes, called cortisol).
  • Dexamethasone is used to treat many conditions. This information sheet is about its use as:
    • cancer treatment, where it is usually given along with other anticancer medications as part of a treatment regimen, 
    • or to control nausea and vomiting from cancer treatment.

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