Cancer drugs A to Z list

There are many cancer drugs, cancer drug combinations and they have individual side effects.

How you have cancer drugs

You can have cancer drugs in different ways. For how long you have it will depend on the drug you have and your type of cancer. Always take your medicines safely.

Side effects of cancer drugs

Cancer drugs have side effects and these can vary from person to person. But there are things that you can do to help you cope.

DPD deficiency

Having a DPD deficiency could make the side effects of the chemotherapy drugs fluorouracil and capecitabine worse. Find out what is DPD deficiency. 

Aspirin and cancer

Aspirin might lower the risk of getting some cancers, cancer spreading or people dying from it. But we need to learn more from research that is currently ongoing.

Biosimilar medicines

A biosimilar medicine is a highly similar copy of an existing drug. Your doctor may suggest you have a biosimilar medicine. Find out more.

Flu vaccine and cancer treatment

Cancer or its treatment can lower your resistance to infection and make you more likely to catch flu. The flu vaccination makes it less likely that you will catch flu. 

Immunisations and cancer treatment

If you are having chemotherapy your resistance to infection can be low at times. There are some vaccinations you shouldn't have when you have low immunity because they could make you feel very ill. 

Last reviewed: 
18 Dec 2019
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