Chemotherapy with a drug or drug combination other than anthracyclines (doxorubicin, epirubicin), taxanes (paclitaxel, docetaxel), or vinca alkaloids (vincristine, vinblastine, vinorelbine). Other chemotherapy drugs commonly used to treat breast cancer include:
5-fluorouracil (5-FU) with or without leucovorin
gemcitabine (Gemzar®), or
Chemotherapy for newly diagnosed breast cancer usually includes 2 to 3 drugs from different types or classifications of agents. Chemotherapy for recurrent breast cancer may also include several drugs from different classifications or may simply be a single drug depending on the individual circumstances, medical history, and doctor's evaluation and treatment decision.