Streptozocin can cause a decrease in the number of blood cells in your bone marrow. Streptozocin also can cause kidney and liver damage. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your response to streptozocin.
You should know that streptozocin has been associated with the development of other types of cancers. Talk with your doctor about the potential risk of developing a new cancer.
Your doctor has ordered the drug streptozocin to help treat your illness. The drug is given by injection into a vein.
pancreatic islet cell cancer
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Streptozocin is a type of antibiotic that is only used for chemotherapy; it slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in your body. The length of treatment depends on the types of drugs you are taking, how well your body responds to them, and the type of cancer you have.
Streptozocin also is used to treat carcinoid tumor, carcinoid syndrome, Hodgkin's disease, pancreatic adenocarcinoma, colorectal cancer, hepatoma, pheochromocytoma, epidermoid carcinoma of the lung, lymphocytic lymphoma, Burkitt's lymphoma, acute lymphocytic leukemia, malignant melanoma, and metastatic sarcoma. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.
unusual bruising or bleeding
severe nausea or vomiting
persistent diarrhea or any change in normal bowel habits for more than 2 days
pain at the injection site
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Streptozocin can change the amount of minerals and sugar in your blood. Your doctor will order tests to monitor the amount of minerals and sugar in your blood.
Last Reviewed - 09/01/2010
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