BiCNU Chemotherapy Information
BiCNU® (carmustine) is a prescription medication approved to treat several types of cancer, including:
- Brain tumors
- Multiple myeloma, in combination with prednisone
- Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that has not improved or has become worse after previous treatment.
BiCNU is approved for use in adults only. It is given as a slow injection into a vein (this is known as an intravenous, or IV, infusion). The medicine works by disrupting how DNA replicates, which helps prevent cancer cells from growing and multiplying.
Before starting chemotherapy treatment with BiCNU, review the information on the drug's potential risks. For example, BiCNU is associated with serious side effects and may not be the best option for people who have problems with their lungs, liver, or kidneys. Also, drug interactions can occur, so make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other vitamins, herbal supplements, and prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking before starting BiCNU treatment.
(Click BiCNU for a complete overview of this chemotherapy drug, including other important information for your healthcare provider, how often it is given, and what to expect.)