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Carmustine (BiCNU®) is a chemotherapy drug approved for treating the following types of cancer:
 
 
Carmustine is a type of alkylating agent and works by preventing DNA strands from separating, which is necessary for them to replicate. By preventing this replication of DNA, carmustine can help prevent cancer cells from growing and multiplying.
 
On occasion, a healthcare provider may prescribe carmustine to treat other forms of cancer, such as colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, or malignant melanoma; however, these are unapproved ("off-label") uses for the medication.
 
(Click What Is Carmustine Used For? to learn more about using this drug to treat various forms of cancer. This Web page offers detailed information on how carmustine works, what it is used to treat, and whether it is safe for children.)
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