Antineoplastic Chemotherapy – An Overview

Antineoplastic Chemotherapy

Antineoplastic chemotherapy is a drug used to treat cancer. They are commonly also referred to as cytotoxic drugs or anticancer. According to the National Cancer Institute’s SEER RX database [1], there are about 2000 antineoplastic drugs. There are different chemotherapy drugs and they can all be used in different ways in cancer treatment. They may either be used as primary treatment for your cancer or used to shrink tumors.

Antineoplastic drugs can be used in combination with other treatments such as:

  • Immunotherapy [2]
  • Radiation therapy [3]
  • Hormone therapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Surgery

How antineoplastic helps stop the spread of cancer depends on the exact medication used. They are highly toxic and can lead to a series of side effects such as nausea, fatigue, and hair loss.

Continue reading this article to learn everything about antineoplastic drugs, including how they work and are used.