Adriamycin (There may be other brand names for this medication)
How is it Administered?
Your medicine will be given by injection into a vein (intravenous or IV), into a vein, usually in your arm, wrist, hand or chest.
Why am I Receiving Doxorubicin?
Doxorubicin, alone or in combination with other medications, treats different types of cancer including leukemia, lymphoma, and cancers of the breast, ovary, lung, thyroid, and stomach.
How Does it Work?
Cancers are diseases in which abnormal cells reproduce uncontrollably. Your chemo schedule is based upon:
- your cancer type and how fast the cancer cells reproduce
- the phase of the cell cycle when the chemo is most effective – the resting, growing, or reproduction phases
With these factors in mind, your doctors create a chemo schedule to give each medication when it will do the most damage to the cancer cells.
Doxorubicin is an anthracycline antibiotic, an antibiotic that is only used in cancer chemotherapy. It attacks the cancer cells in multiple phases of the cells’ normal cycle and slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in your body.
Many chemo medications identify and attack cancer cells because they reproduce quickly. Some cells in your body normally reproduce quickly and they are likely to be damaged/destroyed by chemo. These normal cells will eventually grow back and be healthy. During treatment, however, you may experience side effects from chemo’s effects on these cells.