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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.
To prevent bladder cancer from
coming back (recurring), mitomycin is given through a
urinary catheter directly into the bladder
(intravesically) rather than intravenously.
Mitomycin is an antitumor antibiotic used
specifically in the treatment of cancer. It interferes with the multiplication
of cancer cells.
Mitomycin slows or stops the growth
and spread of cancer cells in the body.
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
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.
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.)
Mitomycin is administered only
under the supervision of a doctor who is experienced in its use, such as a
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
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
May 2, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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