Chemotherapy drugs for anal cancer

The drugs most commonly used for anal cancer are fluorouracil (5FU) and mitomycin C.


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The common side effects of anal cancer chemotherapy include

  • A fall in the number of blood cells
  • Feeling sick
  • Diarrhoea
  • Sore mouth and mouth ulcers
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Feeling tired and run down

You usually have chemotherapy into your blood stream (intravenously), through a drip. Side effects of chemotherapy for anal cancer

Drugs affect people in different ways. Some people will have very few side effects, others will have more. It is important to tell your doctor or chemotherapy nurse about any side effects you have.

Always talk to your doctor before taking any dietary supplements or herbal medicines with chemotherapy, as these might interact with your drugs.

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