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MitomycinGeneric name: Mitomycin
Drug type:Mitomycin C is a chemotherapy drug. Doctors mainly use it to treat bladder and rectal cancers, but also sometimes pancreatic, lung and breast cancers. It works by sticking the cancer cell’s DNA (the cell’s genetic code) together so that it can not come apart again. This means that the cell cannot divide so the cancer cannot grow.
Mitomycin C is a purple liquid. You may have it:
There is more information about how you have chemotherapy in CancerHelp UK.
You usually have chemotherapy as a course of several cycles of treatment. The treatment plan for mitomycin C depends on which cancer you are being treated for. To find out more about how doctors plan chemotherapy in CancerHelp UK.
The side effects of mitomycin C are listed below. You can use the links to find out more about each side effect or click on search at the top of the page.
Common side effects
If you have mitomycin C into your bladder, it causes very few side effects. The bladder can feel inflamed and sore after the treatment - as though you have cystitis. You may feel you need to pass urine more often than usual. You should wash your hands thoroughly after passing urine when you've had this treatment. If the urine touches your skin, the mitomycin C may cause a rash.
People who have mitomycin into the bloodstream may have one or more of the following side effects:
Occasional side effects
Some people may have some of these side effects
Important points to remember
The side effects above may be mild or more severe. A side effect may get better or worse through your course of treatment, or more side effects may develop as the course goes on. This depends on:
Other drugs you are having
Some side effects are serious medical conditions and need treating. Where we have urged you to contact your doctor, this is because:
Tell your doctor about any other medicines you are taking, including vitamins, herbal supplements and other over the counter remedies - some drugs can react together.
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse about all your side effects so that they can help you manage them. Your chemotherapy nurse, clinic or ward nurse will have given you a contact number. You can ring if you have any questions or problems. They can give you advice or reassure you. If in doubt, call them.
Immunisations and chemotherapy
You should not have immunisations with live vaccines while you are having chemotherapy or for at least 6 months afterwards. In the UK, these include rubella, mumps, measles (usually given together as MMR), BCG and yellow fever. You can have other vaccines, but they may not give you as much protection as usual until your immune system has fully recovered from your chemotherapy.
It is perfectly safe for you to be in contact with other people who've had live vaccines as injections. There can be problems with oral vaccines, but no one in the UK is given an oral vaccine now. So there is no problem in being with any baby or child who has recently had any vaccination in the UK. If you live abroad, you might need to make sure that you aren't in contact with anyone who has had oral polio or oral typhoid vaccination recently.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2010 09:53|