Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
- Cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, and 5-fluorouracil (CFM)
- Cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and fluorouracil (CAF)
- Doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide (AC)
- Doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide followed by paclitaxel, docetaxel concurrent with AC, or docetaxel (TAC)
- Doxorubicin, followed by CMF
- Docetaxel and cyclophosphamide (TC)
- Cyclophosphamide, epirubicin, and fluorouracil with or without docetaxel
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fatigue or tiredness sometimes as a result of suppression by the chemotherapeutic drugs of the blood forming cells in the bone marrow
- Hair loss
- Chemo-brain, a term used to describe a fogginess that accompanies chemotherapy. It is usually mild and inconvenient, but usually not serious or permanent
- Low blood cell counts (red cells, white cells, or platelets) that can lead to infection or bleeding
Hormone Blocking Therapy
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- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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