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BiCNU® (There may be other brand names for this medication.)
How is Carmustine Administered?
Your medicine will be given by given intravenously (IV), which means it will be given through a tube placed in a vein, usually in your arm, wrist, hand or chest.
What is it Used For?
This drug is used to treat brain tumors, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and other types of cancer.
How Does it Work?
Cancer is a group of diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control. Both normal and cancer cells go through cycles that include a resting phase, active growing phases, and division. Your chemotherapy schedule is based upon the type of cancer you have, the rate at which they divide, and the times when each drug is the most likely to be effective. This is why chemotherapy is typically given in cycles.
Carmustine is in a class of drugs known as alkalyting agents,. Alkylating agents are most active in the resting phase of the cell. Carmustine is a nitrosurea drug and has the rather unique ability to cross the blood-brain barrier.