Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Cancer of the Breast Chemotherapy

Cancer that has spread outside of the breast is usually treated with chemotherapy. Chemotherapy drugs are often used after breast cancer surgery.

Chemotherapy drugs kill cancer cells throughout the body. Chemotherapy is also used to slow this cancer once it has spread beyond the breast.

For many women, chemotherapy can help improve breast cancer survival and prevent its recurrence. In others it may slow the progression of the disease. Tumors that are not sensitive to estrogens may respond to other chemotherapy drugs. The decision regarding which agent or agents is most appropriate is complex and based on many factors.

Commonly used chemotherapy medications include:

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Last Updated: May 13, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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