Neoadjuvant (Pre-surgery) Chemotherapy
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy refers to chemotherapy that is given prior to cancer-related surgeries. It is often given to women who have:
- "Locally advanced" breast cancer
- A large tumour in their breast (usually over 5 cm in size)
- Enlarged lymph nodes under their arms (this may mean the cancer has spread into the lymph nodes)
- Inflammatory breast cancer
- Triple negative or Her-2 positive breast cancer
If you receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy, you will still have to have surgery, even if you have what is called a complete pathological response where the tumor appears to have disappeared on imaging you will have at the end of the neoadjuvant chemotherapy.