Patients who suffer from melanoma may use Dacarbazine. This drug is usually prescribed if the melanoma spreads to other areas of the body. The drug can also be used to treat Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of white blood cell cancer that can be fatal. Dacarbazine nhibits the growth of cancer cells in order to stop them from spreading to the rest of the body.
Patients on Decarbazine often suffer from infections because the drug interferes with the functioning of the white blood cells, which are a vital part of the immune system. Patients may have flu-like symptoms such as fevers, chills and nausea. They may also have a sore throat or runny nose. Patinets may also suffer from excessive bleeding or bruise easily.
Patients on this drug may also suffer irreversible liver damage, especially if taken in conjunction with other chemotherapy drugs.
Decarbazine should not be used by pregnant women, as it causes birth defects in animals.