Brand Names : Blenoxane
Bleomycin (blee-oh-MYE-sin) belongs to the general group of medicines
called antineoplastics. It is used to treat several types of cancer, including
cervix and uterus cancer, head and neck cancer, testicle and penile cancer,
and certain types of lymphoma. Bleomycin also may used for other conditions,
as determined by your doctor.
Bleomycin seems to act by interfering with the growth of cancer cells,
which are eventually destroyed. Since the growth of normal body cells may
also be affected by bleomycin, other effects will also occur. Some of these
may be serious and must be reported to your doctor. Other effects, like darkening
of skin or hair loss, may not be serious but may cause concern. Some effects
may not occur for months or years after the medicine is used.
Before you begin treatment with bleomycin, you and your doctor should talk
about the good this medicine will do as well as the risks of using it.
Bleomycin is to be administered only by or under the immediate supervision
of your doctor. It is available in the following dosage form:
Injection (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -