BIG NEWS in the world of breast cancer…. According to researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center, chemotherapy is as effective BEFORE breast cancer surgery as after. In fact, when chemotherapy is given BEFORE surgery, the breast cancer tumors will hopefully have shrunken, thus making them more likely to be treatable with breast-conserving therapy or lumpectomy (removing a portion of the breast) rather than a mastectomy (removing the entire breast). So a new formula for some women will be Chemo then surgery then radiation.
Even women who present with clinical Stage 2 or 3 breast cancer may have good results with this new formula using chemotherapy as the first defense against fighting breast cancer. According to Dr. Elizabeth Ann Mittendorf, lead author of this study, “the molecular characteristics of the tumor and other factors have an impact on treatment success, but not the order in which chemotherapy and surgery are given.”
So if you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, talk to your doctors about receiving chemotherapy BEFORE you have surgery…. be an educated patient…. do your research and ask questions….
and remember, the only dumb question is a question not asked….
source: MD Anderson