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What happens during chemotherapy for breast cancer?

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During chemotherapy, you take drugs as pills or through an IV to treat the disease throughout your body. Most people get it after surgery to kill any cancer cells left behind. Doctors also prescribe it before surgery to make tumors smaller.  Chemo works well against cancer, but it also can harm healthy cells. This can cause side effects such as hair loss, mouth sores, and nausea.

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org: "Shorter Radiation Regimen Causes Fewer Side Effects, Offers Better Quality of Life Than Traditional Regimen."

Penn Medicine: "Penn Study: Majority of Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer in U.S. Receive Unnecessarily Long Courses of Radiation " .

American Cancer Society: "What's new in breast cancer research and treatment?" "How is breast cancer treated?" "Surgery for breast cancer," "Radiation therapy for breast cancer," "Chemotherapy for breast cancer," "Hormone therapy for breast cancer," "Targeted therapy for breast cancer."

Giordano, S. , May 2012. Journal of Clinical Oncology

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Accelerated partial breast irradiation."

Susan G. Komen: "Tumor Profiling – Personalizing Treatment for Breast Cancer," "Late Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org: "Shorter Radiation Regimen Causes Fewer Side Effects, Offers Better Quality of Life Than Traditional Regimen."

Penn Medicine: "Penn Study: Majority of Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer in U.S. Receive Unnecessarily Long Courses of Radiation " .

American Cancer Society: "What's new in breast cancer research and treatment?" "How is breast cancer treated?" "Surgery for breast cancer," "Radiation therapy for breast cancer," "Chemotherapy for breast cancer," "Hormone therapy for breast cancer," "Targeted therapy for breast cancer."

Giordano, S. , May 2012. Journal of Clinical Oncology

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Accelerated partial breast irradiation."

Susan G. Komen: "Tumor Profiling – Personalizing Treatment for Breast Cancer," "Late Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 13, 2018

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