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What is neoadjuvant chemotherapy if you have colorectal cancer?

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Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is chemotherapy given before surgery. Some people with cancer get chemotherapy drugs before surgery. The goal is to shrink the tumor so that the surgeon can remove it with fewer complications.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for colorectal cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Colon Cancer Treatment (PDQ)" and "Chemotherapy for Colorectal Cancer."

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 26, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for colorectal cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Colon Cancer Treatment (PDQ)" and "Chemotherapy for Colorectal Cancer."

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 26, 2017

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