Chemotherapy involves using anti-cancer drugs to help control or prevent the growth of cancerous tumours. Chemotherapy is often used as an adjuvant (supplemental) therapy in addition to other treatments, such as surgery or radiotherapy, which are designed to achieve local control of the cancer.
Chemotherapy refers to the delivery of drugs that kill cancer cells usually intravenously and pulsed once every perhaps three weeks, used in this instance to reduce the chance of the patient relapsing in the future.
By reducing that relapse rate overall survival is enhanced. A patient with a higher risk breast cancer is taken down into a lower risk category.
The patient develops some nausea with this but we usually overcome this. They may lose some hair but it always grows back.
They are slightly more prone to infections but we are aware of this and modern chemotherapy should be delivered in an acceptable way and should not upset patients too much. This is chemotherapy used in the adjuvant setting.
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