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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Breast Cancer - Early-Stage


, Version 1.2016


• Chemotherapy is given after surgery to lower

the chances of breast cancer returning outside

the breast.

• In some cases, chemotherapy may be given

before surgery to help shrink the cancer

before surgery.

• You may not need chemotherapy if the breast

cancer is a tubular and mucinous subtype.

• The need for chemotherapy to treat other

subtypes depends on multiple factors

including the size of tumors.

• You should take a HER2 inhibitor with

chemotherapy if the cancer is HER2-positive.

• Chemotherapy is almost always a liquid that

is slowly injected into a vein by infusion. It is

given in cycles of treatment days followed by

days of rest.

• Chemotherapy and HER2 inhibitors can cause

side effects. Ask your treatment team for a

complete list.

• There are multiple chemotherapy regimens

that can be used to treat breast cancer. Talk to

your doctor about which ones are best for you.


Chemotherapy and HER2 inhibitors Review