Fluorouracil is a chemotherapy drug that is given in conjunction with other chemotherapy drugs to combat rectal or colon cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. This medication may also be used to treat other advanced cancers, such as breast cancer, stomach cancer and pancreatic cancer. This medication works by slowing the growth of cancer cells in the body.
This medication should be given only in a hospital or doctor’s office by trained medical personnel who are familiar with chemotherapy drugs. Patients may need to stay in the hospital for a few days after taking this drug so that the drug’s effects on them can be monitored.
Patients should regularly get blood tests while on this drug to make sure that their bodies are producing enough white blood cells and platelets.