Other Names

Hexalen® (There may be other names for this medication.)

How is it Administered?

This medication comes as a capsule. It is taken by mouth, usually after meals and at bedtime.

Why Am I Taking Altretamine?

Altretamine is a chemotherapy treatment for ovarian cancer that has not improved or that has worsened after treatment with other medications. It may be used to treat 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 the cancer cells divide, and the times when each drug is the most likely to be effective. This is why chemotherapy is typically given in cycles.

Altretamine is in a class of drugs known as alkylating agents. Alkylating agents are most active in the resting phase of the cell cycle. (You may hear it called a cell-cycle non-specific drug.) It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cell in your body.

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