Brand name: Doxil
Chemical name: Liposomal doxorubicin
How it works: Anthracyclines kill cancer cells by damaging their genes and interfering with their reproduction.
Uses: Doxil usually is given in combination with other chemotherapy medicines. It's typically used:
before surgery to shrink large advanced-stage breast cancer tumors
to treat advanced-stage breast cancer
How it's given: Doxil is given intravenously.
Additional information: Doxil can have a toxic effect on the heart. You should be tested for heart problems before starting to take Doxil and should be continuously monitored for developing problems during treatment.
increased risk of bleeding from low platelet counts
irregular periods — this can include temporary cessation (usually resume after medication is completed) or permanent cessation of menstrual periods depending on your age and other factors
— Last updated on January 13, 2022, 4:06 PM