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How Does Hycamtin Work?

Hycamtin is part of a group of medications called topoisomerase I inhibitors. Topoisomerase I is an enzyme that normally helps unwind DNA during the cell division process. The enzyme helps the process by creating temporary nicks in the DNA to help relieve strain. Hycamtin interferes with this process, preventing the DNA from unwinding and causing excess DNA strain.

Can Children Use Hycamtin?

Hycamtin is approved only for adults, as it has not been adequately studied in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Hycamtin in children.

Off-Label Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Hycamtin for something other than the uses discussed in this article. Such uses are known as "off-label" uses. Using Hycamtin to treat any other type of cancer would be considered an off-label use.
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