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Some people may wonder, "What is cyclophosphamide used for?" Cyclophosphamide is used for treating various types of cancer, including breast cancer, multiple myeloma, and leukemia. It can also be used for treating "minimal change" nephritic syndrome in children when other treatments have failed. Healthcare providers may also recommend "off-label" cyclophosphamide uses, such as the treatment of Behcet's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus.
Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan®) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of various types of cancer. It is also approved to treat certain kidney problems in children. Specifically, cyclophosphamide is approved to treat the following cancers:
- Lymphomas, including Hodgkin's lymphoma, lymphocytic lymphoma, mixed-cell lymphoma, histiocytic lymphoma, and Burkitt's lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Leukemia, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia, chronic granulocytic leukemia, acute myelogenous and monocytic leukemia, and childhood lymphoblastic leukemia
- Mycosis fungoides
- Ovarian cancer
- Breast cancer.
Cyclophosphamide is approved to treat "minimal change" nephrotic syndrome (a kidney disorder) in children when other treatments have failed. Nephrotic syndrome is a group of kidney damage symptoms (such as protein in the urine), and "minimal change" means that little kidney damage is seen when a kidney biopsy is performed.