Before surgery (neoadjuvant chemotherapy)

Neoadjuvant therapy is like adjuvant therapy, except you get the treatments (or at least start them) before surgery instead of after. In terms of survival and the cancer coming back, there is no difference between getting chemo before or after surgery.

But neoadjuvant chemo does have two benefits. First, chemo may shrink the tumor so that it can be removed with less extensive surgery. That is why neoadjuvant chemo is often used to treat cancers that are too big to be surgically removed at the time of diagnosis (called locally advanced). Also, by giving chemo before the tumor is removed, doctors can better see how the cancer responds. If the first set of drugs does not shrink the tumor, your doctor will know that other drugs are needed.


Chemotherapy for advanced breast cancer


How is chemotherapy given?

Dose-dense chemotherapy

Possible side effects of Chemotherapy

Hormone therapy for breast cancer in men

Targeted therapy for breast cancer in men

Bone-directed therapy for breast cancer in men


Coping and support for male breast cancer


Related Topics

Benign breast conditions

General breast cancer terms

Types of breast cancer in men







Oncologists, Breast Surgeons are the specialists who deal with the breast cancer