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Chemotherapy for breast cancer

Chemotherapy uses anti cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. You might have it as part of your treatment for early breast cancer. You are most likely to have 2 or 3 drugs together. These are called drug combinations or regimes. They often have a name that's made up from the first letters of the drug names. e.g. FEC. 

It can help you to cope with chemotherapy if you know more about how, when and how you have it. And know about the different drugs and their possible side effects. 

When, where and how you have chemotherapy

Find out when, where and how you have chemotherapy for breast cancer.

CMF

Find out what CMF is, how you have it and other important information about having CMF.

FEC

Fluorouracil, epirubicin and cyclophosphamide (FEC) is a combination of cancer drugs. You might have it as a treatment for breast cancer.

AC

Find out what AC is, how you have it and other important information about having AC.

EC

Find out what EC is, how you have it and other important information about having EC.

MMM

MMM is  a combination of chemotherapy drugs.

Cyclophosphamide

Find out what cyclophosphamide is, how you have it and other important information about having cyclophosphamide. 

Epirubicin (Pharmorubicin)

Find out what epirubicin is, how you have it and other important information about having epirubicin.

Fluorouracil (5FU)

Find out what fluorouracil is, how you have it and other important information about taking fluorouracil.

Methotrexate

Methotrexate is a type of chemotherapy. It is a treatment for a number of different types of cancer.

Mitomycin C

Find out what mitomycin C is, how you have it and other important information.

Doxorubicin (Adriamycin)

Find out what doxorubicin is, how you have it and other important information about having doxorubicin.

Docetaxel (Taxotere)

Find out what docetaxel is, how you have it, and other important information about having docetaxel.

Gemcitabine (Gemzar)

Gemcitabine is a type of chemotherapy drug. You might have it as a treatement for a number of different types of cancer. 

Last reviewed: 
31 Oct 2017

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