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Neoadjuvant (Overview)

Neoadjuvant therapy is the administration of therapeutic agents before a main treatment. One example is neoadjuvant hormone therapy prior to radical radiotherapy for adenocarcinoma of the prostate. Neoadjuvant therapy aims to reduce the size or extent of the cancer before using radical treatment intervention, thus making procedures easier and more likely to succeed.


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What is the definition or description of: neoadjuvant?

What is the definition or description of: neoadjuvant?

Pre-Therapy: Neoadjuvant therapy is the administration of therapeutic agents before a main treatment. One example is neoadjuvant hormone therapy prior to radical radiotherapy for adenocarcinoma of the prostate. Neoadjuvant therapy aims to reduce the size or extent of the cancer before using radical treatment intervention, thus making procedures easier and more likely to succeed. ...Read more

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Neoadjuvant (Overview)

Neoadjuvant therapy is the administration of therapeutic agents before a main treatment. One example is neoadjuvant hormone therapy prior to radical radiotherapy for adenocarcinoma of the prostate. Neoadjuvant therapy aims to reduce the size or extent of the cancer before using radical treatment intervention, thus making procedures easier and more likely to succeed.


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What exactly is neoadjuvant chemotherapy?

What exactly is neoadjuvant chemotherapy?

Chemo before surgery: When chemotherapy is given before surgery it's called neoadjuvant. When chemo or radiation is given in addition to and after surgery it's called adjuvant. It is only describing the order of the treatments. ...Read more

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Can you explain neoadjuvant therapy in cancer treatment?

Can you explain neoadjuvant therapy in cancer treatment?

Neoadjuvant therapy: Is typically used when a patient needs a tumor surgically removed but the doctors think it would be best to shrink the tumor some before the surgery actually happens. Neoadjuvant therapy can be chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Typically, after a few weeks of this treatment, the surgeons remove the tumor, hopefully with greater success than they would have had before the additional therapy. ...Read more

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What are side effects of adjuvant and neoadjuvant therapy?

What are side effects of adjuvant and neoadjuvant therapy?

Side effects: Side effects are same either neo or adjuvant. It also depends on type of therapy use. Nausea, vomiting, hair loss, lowering blood counts, lower immunity and some specific effects related to type of chemo. ...Read more

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How effective is neoadjuvant therapy for treating colon cancer?

How effective is neoadjuvant therapy for treating colon cancer?

Partially: Chemotherapy in all of its forms is only partially helpful in improving the survival of colon cancer. When there is an effective neoadjuvant response the remaining lesion can be successfully resected. complete surgical extirpation is the needed result. As immunochemo becomes more effective then the combination with surgery will even produce better results. ...Read more

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The doctor is talking about neoadjuvant therapy. What is this?

The doctor is talking about neoadjuvant therapy.  What is this?

Add. therapy first: Neoadjuvant therapy involves giving an initial form of therapy before the main therapy in order to improve the overall outcome. For example, chemotherapy may be given first prior to resection of a tumor to improve the chances of a complete resection. ...Read more

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Had last a/c/t chemo for neoadjuvant breast cancer, was told to make appt this month to measure toxicity from chemo. How is this done & what to expect?

Had last a/c/t chemo for neoadjuvant breast cancer, was told to make appt this month to measure toxicity from chemo. How is this done & what to expect?

Blood counts: Medical oncologists often check blood counts (CBC) in the few months after chemotherapy to make sure they are recovering appropriately. Women who had neoadjuvant chemo should also be seeing their breast surgeon to plan for surgery. ...Read more

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What neoadjuvant chemotherapy treatment would you recommend for Triple Negative Breast Cancer, staged T1N0M0?

What neoadjuvant  chemotherapy treatment would you recommend for Triple Negative Breast Cancer, staged T1N0M0?

Ask your...: It would be much easier and most logical to ask your medical and surgical oncologists since they know more of your individual situation than anyone online and nowadays the care for malignancy is multi-disciplinary. There are not many oncologists around online. To make you abler to interact with doc, please peruse articles in http://formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html. ...Read more

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Stage 2B idc breast cancer-neoadjuvant ... Had taxol/herceptin (trastuzumab) for 16wks. Now a/c chemo.. Is it risky to be without herceptin (trastuzumab) until surgery in jan?

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Stage 2B idc breast cancer-neoadjuvant ... Had taxol/herceptin (trastuzumab) for 16wks. Now a/c chemo.. Is it risky to be without herceptin (trastuzumab) until surgery in jan?

Should be okay: You are receiving ac now and i think (and i hope) it should take care you cancer well --to shrink it down further- so you can have surgery in january. It is not safe to combine adriamyicn and Herceptin (trastuzumab) as it could give you significant problem with your heart. Once you are done with surgery- you will need Herceptin (trastuzumab) to be continued for 1 year. ...Read more

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Stage 2B IDC breast cancer, her2+/ER/PR+Neoadjuvant taxol, (paclitaxel)A/C,lumpectomy,rads, lymphovascular invasion. What does this mean for prognosis & follow up?

Stage 2B IDC breast cancer, her2+/ER/PR+Neoadjuvant taxol, (paclitaxel)A/C,lumpectomy,rads, lymphovascular invasion. What does this mean for prognosis & follow up?

Prognosis fair: Stage IIb breast cancer is usually palpable at 2-5 cm. and at time of procedure to remove lesion, sentinel nodes are + suggesting axillary dissection and reason for neoadjuvant therapy. Lymphovascular invasion increases chance for recurrence. With Her2+ Herceptin (trastuzumab) with chemo should be used and PET/CAT needed to assure met foci not missed in distal organs. Carful follow up needed. ...Read more

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Stage 2b, her 2 breast cancer, 40 yrs old-dx 4/13-neoadjuvant treatment. Just recently diagnosis with several pulmonary emboli. What should I ask my doctor?

Stage 2b, her 2 breast cancer, 40 yrs old-dx 4/13-neoadjuvant treatment. Just recently diagnosis with several pulmonary emboli. What should I ask my doctor?

Cause and Treatment: Cancers can cause blood clots most often as a result of not walking after recent surgery with a blood clot forming in the legs which then breaks off and goes to the lungs. This is treated with blood thinning medications and if contraindicated a vena caval filter can be placed which catches the clots. Why you developed this and how long and what type of treatment for this is advisable to ask. ...Read more

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Would you do neadjuvant therapy for a 37 year old women with a fast growing tumor, er+, pr+, her- ?

Would you do neadjuvant therapy for a 37 year old women with a fast growing tumor, er+, pr+, her- ?

Depends on reason: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is typically given in a situation where mastectomy is indicated but with treatment the tumor is shrunk to allow breast conserving surgery. Another situation would be in inflammatory breast cancer. ...Read more

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Who am i?

A little more: Your question will need to have a little more context in order to receive a meaningful answer. If it was meant to check if questions are answered here you have your answer. ...Read more

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Question?

Question?

No question: Rephrase. There was nothing on the question sheet. ...Read more

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Medication?

Medication?

Just don't know?: Please re-ask your question? Medication prescribing, use, management, monitoring, educating and keeping them straight and properly used is the most demanding and important thing I do daily with my patients. Good meds taken improperly can harm rather than help. Always go over you meds with your doctor and bring every single thing you take, rub on, inhale, put up or in your body , to every visit. ...Read more

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Am I dying?

Am I dying?

We all are: A 3-word question with no details... well, life is short on Earth, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal is not to live a long life, but to live a good life. Even if a person makes it all the way to age 82, that's only 30,000 days. ...Read more

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Whats brat?

Whats brat?

Bland diet: Brat stands for bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. It has been recommended for years for various stomach issues, especially gastroenteritis. However current studies do not show any benefit to using it, so it really is not indicated. ...Read more