Carmustine Drug Information
If you have cancer, your healthcare provider may prescribe carmustine (BiCNU®). This medicine is specifically approved for treating the following types of cancer in adults:
- Brain tumors
- Multiple myeloma (a cancer of the bone marrow)
- Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Although research has shown that this chemotherapy medication can help some people with cancer live longer, it is not suitable for everyone. Before using carmustine, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other drugs you are taking and any other medical problems you may have.
Carmustine comes as a powder that is mixed with liquid and given as a slow injection into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, infusion). Side effects are common with this medication and may include nausea, vomiting, and low blood cell counts.
(Click Carmustine for more information about this drug, including details about how this type of chemotherapy works, dosing guidelines, and general safety issues.)