Mitomycin is prescribed to slow down the growth of stomach or pancreatic cancer that has not adequately responded to other treatment. This chemotherapy drug comes as a powder that is dissolved in liquid and injected into a vein once every six to eight weeks. Most people taking this medication will develop some type of side effect, such as fever, hair loss, and vomiting.
Mitomycin (Mutamycin®) is a prescription medication approved to treat cancer of the stomach and pancreas. It is used in combination with other medications. Mitomycin will not cure stomach or pancreatic cancer, but it can help reduce symptoms or slow down the progression of the disease after other treatments have failed.
Mitomycin belongs to a group of medications known as antineoplastic antibiotics, which are antibiotics used in the treatment of cancer. The active ingredient in the drug is sometimes referred to as mitomycin-C, or simply MTC. It is also available in a topical form that is applied to the eye during glaucoma surgery; this form is sold under the name Mitosol® (mitomycin ophthalmic).
(Click What Is Mitomycin Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
Just like any chemotherapy medicine, mitomycin can cause side effects, some of which can be significant and potentially serious. In fact, most people will experience some type of side effect during treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or lessen reactions to this drug.
Some of the more common side effects seen with mitomycin include but are not limited to:
- Low blood cell counts
- Hair loss
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting.
(Click Mitomycin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)