Chemotherapy is a chemical, or group of chemicals, designed to stop the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs may be given intravenously, orally, or as a combination of the two. There are many chemotherapy drugs used to treat breast cancer.
Complete blood count (CBC)
CT scan of the brain
CT scan of chest abdomen pelvis
Doctor's breast exam
Estrogen and progesterone receptor
HER2 receptor status
Minimally invasive breast biopsy
Sentinel lymph node biopsy
If the breast tumor is large, chemotherapy is sometimes given before surgery in order to shrink the tumor so it can be removed more easily, or so that a lumpectomy can be performed instead of a mastectomy.
Chemotherapy may also be given as the main treatment for women whose cancer has spread to other parts of the body outside of the breast and lymph nodes.