Sometimes drug treatments for early breast cancer are given before breast cancer surgery. This is called neoadjuvant therapy.
If you have neoadjuvant therapy, it means your treatment may start with chemotherapy, targeted therapy or hormone-blocking therapy, usually given for several months before surgery.
Some treatments may continue after surgery.
There are some benefits in having neoadjuvant therapy, but it is not for everyone. You may want to consider your options carefully. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of neoadjuvant therapy. You may find the Neoadjuvant Patient Decision Aid from Breast Cancer Trials helpful in discussions with your treating doctor.
Neoadjuvant therapy may be recommended:
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*This article does not provide medical advice and is intended for informational purposes only.
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