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Blenoxane®, Bleo, BLM
Bleomycin is a type of chemotherapy. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cells.
Patients will have regular blood draws to check blood counts and monitor liver and kidney function. Lung function tests and chest X-rays may also be performed.
May be given as a liquid into a vein by IV
May be given as a liquid under the skin (subcutaneous)
May be given as a liquid injected into a muscle (IM)
May be given as a liquid injected into the chest cavity
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: hives, rash, itching, difficulty breathing and/or swallowing, low blood pressure
Not all patients who take bleomycin will experience these side effects. Common side effects are in bold, but there may be others. Please report all suspected side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.
Some patients may experience long-term or late effects of treatment that may continue or develop months or years after treatment ends. Possible late effects due to bleomycin include:
Be sure to discuss these and other recommendations with your doctor or pharmacist.