Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in Malaysia. Around 5,000 Malaysian women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, most of them aged between 30 and 60 years, and nearly half of those affected are under 50-years of age.
Chemotherapy is a treatment for breast cancer using anti-cancer (also called cytotoxic) drugs. The aim is to stop cancer cells from continuing to divide uncontrollably. Cancer cells grow by dividing in a disorderly and uncontrolled way. Chemotherapy gets in the form of their ability to share and grow. Different chemotherapy drugs work in different ways and affect the cancer cells to varying phases of their growth. This is why a combination of drugs is often used.