Drugs That Are Commonly Used To Treat Breast Cancer

What are the most commonly used medicines used in the treatment of breast cancer?

The most commonly used drugs used (either as oral prescriptions or as intravenous chemotherapy) in the systemic, adjuvant and neoadjuvant treatment of breast cancer include:

  • Docetaxel (Trade name: Taxotere)
  • Paclitaxel (Trade name: Taxol)
  • Adriamycin
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • 5-Fluorouracil
  • Trastuzumab (Trade name: Herceptin)
  • Pertuzumab (Trade name: Perjeta)
  • Lapatinib (Trade names: Tykerb, Tyverb)

Docetaxel (Taxotere)

Docetaxel is a cytotoxic chemotherapy drug and an anti-microtubule agent, used in the treatment of early, locally advanced and metastatic breast cancer. [See more]

Paclitaxel (Taxol)

Paclitaxel is one of the most popular chemotherapy drugs used in the treatment of early, locally advanced and metastatic breast cancer. [See more]

Trastuzumab (Herceptin)

Trastuzumab is a MaB (monoclonal antibody) that is approved for the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer in early, locally advanced and metastatic stages. [See more]

Pertuzumab (Perjeta)

Pertuzumab is an anti-HER2 antibody, which is approved for the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer. It is used in a combination with both Trastuzumab and other taxanes [See more]

Lapatinib (Tyverb, Tykerb)

Lapatinib is a single transduction inhibitor, approved for use in the treatment of advanced or metastatic breast cancer, where the tumor has a HER2 expression. It is used in combination with standard chemotherapy. [See more]

Other drugs approved for, and in use for the treatment of breast cancer in different stages

The following is a complete list of all approved drugs that are used in the treatment of breast cancer.

  • Abemaciclib
  • Abraxane (Paclitaxel Albumin-stabilized Nanoparticle Formulation)
  • Ado-Trastuzumab Emtansine
  • Afinitor (Everolimus)
  • Anastrozole
  • Aredia (Pamidronate Disodium)
  • Arimidex (Anastrozole)
  • Aromasin (Exemestane)
  • Capecitabine
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Docetaxel
  • Doxorubicin Hydrochloride
  • Ellence (Epirubicin Hydrochloride)
  • Epirubicin Hydrochloride
  • Eribulin Mesylate
  • Everolimus
  • Exemestane
  • 5-FU (Fluorouracil Injection)
  • Fareston (Toremifene)
  • Faslodex (Fulvestrant)
  • Femara (Letrozole)
  • Fluorouracil Injection
  • Fulvestrant
  • Gemcitabine Hydrochloride
  • Gemcitabine Hydrochloride
  • Goserelin Acetate
  • Eribulin Mesylate
  • Palbociclib
  • Ixabepilone
  • Ixabepilone
  • Ado-Trastuzumab Emtansine
  • Ribociclib
  • Lapatinib Ditosylate
  • Letrozole
  • Lynparza (Olaparib)
  • Megestrol Acetate
  • Methotrexate
  • Neratinib Maleate
  • Nerlynx (Neratinib Maleate)
  • Olaparib
  • Paclitaxel
  • Paclitaxel Albumin-stabilized Nanoparticle Formulation
  • Palbociclib
  • Pamidronate Disodium
  • Perjeta (Pertuzumab)
  • Pertuzumab
  • Ribociclib
  • Tamoxifen Citrate
  • Taxol (Paclitaxel)
  • Taxotere (Docetaxel)
  • Thiotepa
  • Toremifene
  • Trastuzumab
  • Trexall (Methotrexate)
  • Tykerb (Lapatinib Ditosylate)
  • Verzenio (Abemaciclib)
  • Vinblastine Sulfate
  • Xeloda (Capecitabine)
  • Zoladex (Goserelin Acetate)

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