Breast Cancer Metastatic

Also known as: Stage 4 Breast Cancer / Breast cancer stage IV / Breast cancer metastatic / Carcinoma Breast Stage IV / Breast carcinoma NOS stage IV / Breast carcinoma stage IV / Breast cancer NOS stage IV / Metastatic breast cancer

DrugDrug NameDrug Description
DB00441GemcitabineGemcitabine is a nucleoside analog used as chemotherapy. It is marketed as Gemzar® by Eli Lilly and Company. As with fluorouracil and other analogues of pyrimidines, the drug replaces one of the building blocks of nucleic acids, in this case cytidine, during DNA replication. The process arrests tumor growth, as new nucleosides cannot be attached to the "faulty" nucleoside, resulting in apoptosis (cellular "suicide"). Gemcitabine is used in various carcinomas: non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, bladder cancer and breast cancer. It is being investigated for use in oesophageal cancer, and is used experimentally in lymphomas and various other tumor types.