NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Breast Cancer - Early-Stage
(STAGES I AND II)
, Version 1.2016
• Chemotherapy is given after surgery to lower
the chances of breast cancer returning outside
• In some cases, chemotherapy may be given
before surgery to help shrink the cancer
• 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
• 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