Antibiotic Drugs For Cancer Treatment

Antibiotic medicines kill malignant cells by fragmenting the DNA in the cell nucleus and by oxidizing critical compounds the cells need.   They are not cell-cycle specific. Antibiotics are used against leukemia, testicular cancer, and sarcomas.

Actinomycin-D

Other generic names:
Forumla:
Dactinomycin C62H86N12O16
Trade names
Act-D, Cosmegen
Class (action)
Class (chemical)
Antibiotic Polypeptide Antibiotic
Administration
Intravenous
Notes
First antibiotic used against cancer.

Bleomycin

Other generic names:
Forumla:
C55H84N17O21S3
Trade names
Blenoxane
Class (action)
Class (chemical)
Antibiotic Glycopeptide Antibiotic
Administration
Intravenous, subcutaneous, intramuscular
Notes
 Almost always used as part of a combination chemotherapy regimen.

Mitomycin

Other generic names:
Forumla:
C15H18N4O5
Trade names
Class (action)
Class (chemical)
Antibiotic Antibiotic
Administration
Intravenous
Notes
First discovered as a product of bacteria.

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