Fluorouracil 5FU

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This chemotherapy and cancer drugs article is about Fluorouracil (5FU) which is used with oesophagael, pancreatic, stomach, bowel and breast cancers. It can be used in several ways, for example a liquid used in a drip, and a cream for direct use on the skin. Clinical trials have shown that it can help in a number of ways from improving survival in oesophagael and stomach cancer where it is used prior to surgery, to reducing liver metastases in colon cancer cases. It is rarely used on its own.

Side effects can include: mouth ulcers, taste changes, diarrhoea, skin darkening, lowered resistance to infection, eye discomfort, fatigue, bruising or bleeding; anaemia. 

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