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What Is Mitomycin Used For?

Mitomycin is a chemotherapy drug prescribed to treat stomach or pancreatic cancer that has not adequately responded to other forms of treatments. This drug works by interrupting the process the cancer cells need to grow and divide, which can help slow down the progression of the disease. Mitomycin is approved for use in adults only.


An Overview of Uses for Mitomycin

Mitomycin (Mutamycin®) is prescription medicine approved to treat people with cancer of the stomach or pancreas. It is approved for use in combination with other medications after other treatments have been tried but failed.
Mitomycin belongs to a general group of medicines known as antineoplastic antibiotics. It is also sometimes called an antimetabolite, which is another class of medicines.

Mitomycin Use for the Treatment of Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer occurs when cancerous cells first form in the stomach. There are several types. The most common is adenocarcinoma, or cancer of the glandular tissue in the stomach. Mitomycin is approved to treat this type of stomach cancer.
There are a variety of treatment options available for someone with stomach cancer. Your healthcare provider will take several factors into consideration before recommending treatment, including the stage and extent of the disease (see Stomach Cancer Stage) and your overall health.
Most people with stomach cancer have surgery to remove the cancer (see Stomach Cancer Surgery). Chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be used in addition to surgery to help improve the likelihood of a cure, or in people for whom surgery is not an option.
Mitomycin is a type of chemotherapy. It is used when the cancer has spread throughout the stomach or to other areas of the body. The drug is not a cure for stomach cancer, but it may be able to improve symptoms or slow down the progression of the disease. Treatment that is aimed at reducing symptoms rather than curing a condition is known as palliative treatment.
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