NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Breast Cancer - Early-Stage
(STAGES I AND II)
, Version 1.2016
Chemotherapy and HER2 inhibitors Overview
Chemotherapy after age 70?
The use of chemotherapy for women older than age
of 70 has been questioned. You may not be given
chemotherapy if you are older than 70 years for the
following reasons. First, there is little research on
older women to help inform treatment decisions.
Second, chemotherapy may not be that helpful
because the return of breast cancer can take a
long time in older women. Thus, the odds that
chemotherapy will stop a life-threatening recurrence
are small. Third, some women have reactions to
chemotherapy that threaten their health. Last, you
may have health problems other than cancer that
are more serious.