The list includes generic and brand names. This page also lists common drug combinations used in breast cancer. The individual drugs in the combinations are FDA-approved.
Treatment for early or locally advanced breast cancer aims to remove the cancer and reduce the risk of the cancer spreading or coming back recurring. As there are different types of breast cancer, treatment varies from person to person. Your doctors will recommend the most suitable treatment for you.
The medical treatments available for breast cancer include endocrine agents, cytotoxic chemotherapy and adjunctive treatments. New antioestrogens and aromatase inhibitors offer a greater breadth of endocrine therapy and lower toxicity than some older drugs. Anthracyclines doxorubicin or epirubicin are now the major components of first-line combination chemotherapy.
Skip to Content. Use the menu to see other pages. This section explains the types of treatments that are the standard of care for early-stage and locally advanced breast cancer.
Chemotherapy for breast cancer uses drugs to target and destroy breast cancer cells. These drugs are usually given directly into a vein through a needle or as a pill. Chemotherapy for breast cancer frequently is used in addition to other treatments, such as surgery, radiation or hormone therapy.
Chemotherapy chemo uses anti-cancer drugs that may be given intravenously injected into your vein or by mouth. The drugs travel through the bloodstream to reach cancer cells in most parts of the body. Occasionally, chemo may be given directly into the spinal fluid which surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
Find out about the hormone therapy drugs used for breast cancer and how to cope with side effects. Find out what tamoxifen is, how you have it and other important information about taking tamoxifen for breast cancer. Find out what anastrozole is, how you have it and other important information about having anastrozole. Find out what exemestane is, how you have it and other important information about taking exemestane.
For women coping with metastatic breast cancer, the number of treatment options continues to grow. In metastatic breast cancer, the cancer has spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes, skin, bone, liver or lungs. In most cases, metastatic breast cancer is a recurrence return of previously-treated breast cancer.