5-Fluorouracil, widely known in the trade name of "Adrucil" is highly recommended for the treatment of cancer of the colon, rectum, breast, stomach, and pancreas. This medication belongs to the group of medicines known as anti metabolites. Apart from this, 5 Fluorouracil and 5-FU are other names for 5 Fluorouracil. Health care professionals may use the trade name Adrucil or other names 5-fluorouracil and 5-FU when referring to the generic drug name Fluorouracil.
5-Fluorouracil is an anti-cancer ("antineoplastic" or "cytotoxic") chemotherapy drug
5-fluorouracil is classified as an "antimetabolite"
- Colon and rectal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Gastrointestinal cancers including: anal, esophageal, pancreas and gastric (stomach)
- Head and neck cancer
- Hepatoma (liver cancer)
- Ovarian cancer
- Topical use (cream or solution) in basal cell cancer of the skin and actinic keratoses.-see document fluorouracil (cream)
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