Cyclophosphamide is used to treat cancer of the ovaries, breast, blood and lymph system, and nerves (especially in children). Cyclophosphamide is also used for retinoblastoma (a type of eye cancer primarily in children), multiple myeloma (cancer in the bone marrow), and mycosis fungoides (tumours on the skin).
It belongs to the group of cancer medicines referred to as alkylating agents. Cyclophosphamide is also used for some types of kidney disease. Cyclophosphamide intermeddles with the growth of cancer cells, which are ultimately destroyed by the body.
Since the growth of normal body cells might also be affected by cyclophosphamide, other effects will also happen. Some of these might be severe and must be reported to your doctor. Other effects, like hair loss, may not be severe but may cause concern. Some effects may not happen for months or years after the medicine is used.
Before you start treatment with cyclophosphamide, you and your doctor must talk about the benefits of this medicine as well as the risks of using it. This medicine is available only with the doctor’s prescription.
The product is available in the following dosing forms:
- Powder for Solution