It is not entirely known how DTIC-Dome works to treat cancer. It is classified as an alkylating agent. Alkylating agents are medications that transfer a piece of their structure, called an alkyl group, to DNA. This causes the strands of DNA to bond to each other and become linked (known as "cross-linking"). The linked strands are unable to uncoil and separate, which is necessary for the DNA to replicate.
DTIC-Dome may also work by incorporating itself into DNA and interfering with the ability of the DNA to replicate. Because DNA replication is essential for cells to grow and multiply, DTIC-Dome may prevent cancer cells from growing and multiplying.
Is It Safe for Children to Use DTIC-Dome?
This medication is not approved for use in children (usually defined as individuals under the age of 18 years old), as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. This does not mean it absolutely cannot be used in children. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using DTIC-Dome in children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend DTIC-Dome for treating something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. DTIC-Dome may be prescribed off-label to treat other types of cancer, including but not limited to: