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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Breast Cancer - Early-Stage


, 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.