Daunorubicin

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Chemical name: Daunorubicin

Brand names: Cerubidine, DaunoXome

Class: Anthracycline chemotherapy. Adriamycin, Doxil, Ellence, and mitoxantrone are other anthracyclines.

How it works: Anthracyclines kill cancer cells by damaging their genes and interfering with their reproduction.

Uses: Daunorubicin usually is given in combination with other chemotherapy medicines. It's typically used:

  • after surgery and other treatments to reduce the risk of early-stage breast cancer coming back
  • before surgery to shrink large advanced-stage breast cancer tumors
  • to treat advanced-stage breast cancer

How it's given: Daunorubicin is given intravenously.

Side effects:

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