Want to know more about breast cancer? Dr Nick Plowman, Clinical Oncologist at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London answers some common questions about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer. Use the video clip menu below to select a question.
- Tell me more about chemotherapy (NOW PLAYING)
- Give me an overview of breast cancer in the UK
- How is breast cancer diagnosed?
- What treatment is there?
- Tell me more about breast surgery
- Tell me more about hormone therapy
- Tell me more about radiotherapy
Video transcript: Tell me more about chemotherapy
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.