Chemical name: Methotrexate, also known as amethopterin
Brand names: Mexate, Folex, Rheumatrex
How it works: Antimetabolites kill cancer cells by acting as false building blocks in a cancer cell's genes, causing the cancer cell to die as it gets ready to divide.
Uses: Methotrexate often is used in combination with other chemotherapy medicines to treat:
early-stage breast cancer after surgery and other treatments
advanced-stage breast cancer
How it's given: Methotrexate is given intravenously.
— Last updated on January 13, 2022, 4:06 PM