Bleomycin is a cytotoxic chemotherapy drug that is used only in chemotherapy for certain types of cancer, slowing or stopping the growth of the cancerous cells in the body.
Injectable bleomycin is used alone or in combination with other drugs to treat head and neck cancer (including cancer of the mouth, lip, cheek, tongue, palate, throat, tonsils, and sinuses) and cancer of the penis, testicles, cervix, and vulva (the outer part of the vagina). Bleomycin is also used to treat hodgkin's lymphoma (hodgkin's disease) and non-hodgkin's lymphoma (cancer that begins in the cells of the immune system) in combination with other medications. Bleomycin is also sometimes used to treat Kaposi's sarcoma related to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
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