Mitomycin is an intravenous (IV) medicine. It is usually given once every 4 to 8 weeks. The type and extent of a cancer determines the exact dose and schedule for this medicine.
How It Works
Mitomycin is an antitumor antibiotic used specifically in the treatment of cancer. It interferes with the multiplication of cancer cells.
Why It Is Used
Mitomycin slows or stops the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
How Well It Works
Mitomycin is an effective antitumor medicine. It is often combined with other cancer drugs and is used for several types of cancer, including cancer of the bladder. The type and extent of a cancer determines how effectively this medicine slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in the body.
When mitomycin is administered directly into the bladder, it may help prevent bladder cancer from coming back.
Side effects, including hair loss, usually go away after you finish the course of treatment. Hair loss does not occur when mitomycin is given intravesically for bladder cancer.
Side effects of mitomycin given intravenously include:
Side effects that are common with mitomycin given through a catheter into the bladder include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Consider the following if you are given intravenous (IV) mitomycin:
If mitomycin is placed in the bladder, wash your skin after you urinate. Carefully wash any area urine may have touched, including the tender tissue around the opening where urine comes out. This can help prevent irritation.
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