Ellence (chemical name: epirubicin) is a chemotherapy drug.

Brand name: Ellence

Chemical name: Epirubicin

Class: Anthracycline chemotherapy. Adriamycin, daunorubicin, Doxil, and mitoxantrone are other anthracyclines.

How it works: Anthracyclines kill cancer cells by damaging their genes and interfering with their reproduction.

Uses: Ellence usually is given in combination with other chemotherapy medicines. It's typically used:

  • after surgery and other treatments to reduce the risk of early-stage breast cancer coming back

  • before surgery to shrink large advanced-stage breast cancer tumors

  • to treat advanced-stage breast cancer

How it's given: Ellence is given intravenously.

Side effects:

  • nausea

  • vomiting

  • diarrhea

  • mouth sores

  • hair loss

  • low white blood cell count

  • irregular periods — this can include temporary cessation (usually resume after medication is completed) or permanent cessation of menstrual periods depending on your age and other factors

— Last updated on July 27, 2022, 1:45 PM

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