Mitomycin C is a chemotherapy drug that can be used for the treatment of cancers, such as bladder cancer. It is available as a solution and is not available as a pill. It can also be known as MTC or Mutamycin.
Mitomycin C Treatment for Bladder Cancer
How Mitomycin C is Given
Mitomycin C treatment of bladder cancer is given through a urinary catheter put directly into the urethra. The solution of Mitomycin C is injected into the catheter, which will then be removed.
It is recommended that patients should walk around in order to distribute the Mitomycin C properly throughout the bladder. When two hours have passed, the patient must empty their bladder.
Your age, height, weight, current medical conditions and overall health are some of the factors that will determine the amount of Mitomycin C that you will receive.
Your doctor will be the one to determine your dosage amount and schedule. However, you should remember to drink approximately two to three litres of fluids and water per day.
Your white and red blood cell and platelet count may decrease as a result of Mitomycin C treatment for bladder cancer. This can put you at risk of anemia and increase your risk of infection.
Other more common side effects include a loss of appetite, mouth sores, or fatigue.
Less common side effects, which can still occur, include bladder inflammation, hair loss, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
There is a small chance that more serious side effects can occur, such as lung problems and hemolytic-uremic syndrome.
Before you decide on using Mitomycin C treatment for bladder cancer, discuss it with a doctor or oncologist. If you believe you are seeing signs of side effects of Mitomycin C, you should also see your doctor as soon as possible.
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