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4 What are the side effects?

Like all drugs, treatment with Mitomycin-C can cause some side effects. If side effects do develop, they usually begin within three to four hours after treatment and last up to 24 hours. If you experience severe pain during treatment, please tell your doctor or nurse.

The side effects most commonly experienced include:

  • Pain and/or burning when passing urine -this may feel like cystitis. There might also be some blood in your urine. You may be advised to drink plenty of fluids to help with these symptoms and again avoid caffeinated drinks. If your symptoms last more than three days then you should contact your primary care doctor.
  • In a small number of patients, rashes on hands, feet or genital area may develop. You should tell your doctor or urology nurse specialist if this happens. Washing your hands and genital area thoroughly after passing urine for the first time after treatment can help to reduce the chance of this happening.
  • Again, in a small number of patients, a body rash may develop during a course of treatment. If you notice any rashes or blistering on your body then please tell your doctor or urology nurse specialist.
  • If you develop any of the following symptoms you must contact a doctor straight away; they are extremely rare but need immediate medical attention:
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Facial swelling