Chemotherapy for Male Breast Cancer

Chemotherapy refers to special medicines that work to kill cancer cells. Your doctor may recommend chemotherapy if you are at risk of having your cancer spreading beyond the breast or if you already have cancer that has spread. Chemotherapy is not used for cancers with a low risk of spreading to other parts of the body.

You may need chemotherapy if:

  • The cancer was more than a centimeter (half an inch).
  • There was cancer in the underarm lymph nodes.
  • The cancer had the potential to grow quickly. This kind of cancer may be described on your pathology report by words like:
    • high grade
    • lymphatic invasion
    • vascular invasion
    • hormone-receptor-negative
    • high growth rate
    • HER2-positive

Chemotherapy (chemo) is treatment with cancer-fighting drugs that may be given intravenously (injected into a vein) or by mouth. The drugs travel through the bloodstream to reach cancer cells in most parts of the body. Chemo is given in cycles, with each treatment period followed by a recovery period.


When is Chemo used?

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