Navelbine for Breast Cancer

Navelbine® (vinorelbine) is a medicine licensed for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer in adults. There may also be times when a healthcare provider may prescribe Navelbine for other uses, such as to treat breast cancer; however, this is an unapproved use for Navelbine.
 
Navelbine belongs to the vinca alkaloid class of chemotherapy medicines, and is derived from the Madagascar periwinkle plant. It works by preventing the formation of structures inside cells known as microtubules, which are important for cells to divide and multiply. By preventing the formation of microtubules, Navelbine stops cells from growing and dividing, which causes the cells to die.   
 
(Click Navelbine Uses for a closer look at what this drug is approved for and when it may be prescribed for unapproved uses. This article also discusses whether the medicine is safe for use in children and older adults.)
 
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