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Brand name: Adriamycin

Chemical name: Doxorubicin

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

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

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

  • after surgery 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: Adriamycin is given intravenously.

Additional information: Adriamycin can have a toxic effect on the heart. You should be tested for heart problems before starting to take Adriamycin and should be continuously monitored for developing problems during treatment.

Side effects:

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