Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG)

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General information

Class/mechanism: Live mycobacteria which promote a local acute inflammatory and sub-acute granulomatous reaction with macrophage and leukocyte infiltration in the urothelium and lamina propria of the urinary bladder. This results in a likely T-lymphocyte dependent anti-tumor effect.[1][2]
Route: Intravesicular
Extravasation: n/a

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Diseases for which it is used

Diseases for which it was used

Patient drug information

History of changes in FDA indication

  • Uncertain date: Approved for the treatment and prophylaxis of carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the urinary bladder
  • Uncertain date: Approved for the prophylaxis of primary or recurrent stage Ta and/or T1 papillary tumors following transurethral resection (TUR). (Based on SWOG 8216 & SWOG 8507)

Also known as

  • Generic name: Bacille Calmette–Guérin
  • Brand names: TheraCys, TICE BCG

References