Bleomycin sulfate is an antibiotic that is used as a chemotherapy drug. It stops or slows the growth of cancer cells and other rapidly growing cells by damaging their DNA.
FDA label information for this drug is available at DailyMed.
Use in Cancer
Bleomycin sulfate is approved to be used alone or with other drugs as palliative treatment of:
- Hodgkin lymphoma.
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
- Squamous cell carcinoma of the penis.
- Squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix.
- Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN).
- Squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva.
- Testicular cancer.
Bleomycin sulfate is also approved to treat malignant pleural effusion and keep it from recurring (coming back).
Bleomycin sulfate is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer.
More About Bleomycin Sulfate
Definition from the NCI Drug Dictionary - Detailed scientific definition and other names for this drug.
MedlinePlus Information on Bleomycin Sulfate - A lay language summary of important information about this drug that may include the following:
- warnings about this drug,
- what this drug is used for and how it is used,
- what you should tell your doctor before using this drug,
- what you should know about this drug before using it,
- other drugs that may interact with this drug, and
- possible side effects.
Drugs are often studied to find out if they can help treat or prevent conditions other than the ones they are approved for. This patient information sheet applies only to approved uses of the drug. However, much of the information may also apply to unapproved uses that are being studied.
Clinical Trials Accepting Patients
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