Dactinomycin Actinomycin D

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This chemotherapy and cancer drugs article is about Dactinomycin (Actinomycin D) which is used to treat sarcomas, Wilm’s tumour, germ cell cancers, testicular cancer, melanoma and choriocarcinoma.  It is also used in the treatment of children’s cancer.  It is an anti-tumour antibiotic that works by sticking itself to the cancer cells’ DNA so it cannot divide and grow. Dactinomycin is generally administered intravenously.

Side effects can include: fatigue, increased risk of infections, anaemia causing tiredness and breathlessness, bruising and bleeding, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, mouth sores, hair loss and diarrhoea.

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