Cancer and Mechlorethamine Hydrochloride
A healthcare provider may prescribe a medication called mechlorethamine hydrochloride (Mustargen®) to treat certain types of cancer in adults. Specifically, this medication is approved to treat:
- Certain cancers of the blood and bone marrow, such as lymphoma and leukemia
- Lung cancer
- Metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread from its original site) that has caused an abnormal collection of fluid in the body cavities (effusion).
Mechlorethamine works to treat these forms of cancer by killing cancer cells. This medication causes DNA damage, which interferes with the cells' ability to divide and multiply. Most people who receive this chemotherapy drug will develop some type of side effect, such as weakness, loss of appetite, and vomiting.
(Click Mechlorethamine to learn more about using this drug for cancer treatment. This article also provides dosing information and lists general safety precautions to follow.)