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My doctor has recommended chemotherapy prior to a lumpectomy due to the size of the tumor in my left breast. Common practice? Microscopic diagnosis:invasive ductual carcinoma macroscopic diagnosis: three cores of intermingled glistening gray & yellow

This . This treatment strategy is called "neoadjuvant chemotherapy." it can be used for a woman for woman who have larger tumors (> 3-5 cm) and who wants to have a lumpectomy. Sometimes in this situation the tumor is too big to take out of the breast without the surgery being dysfiguring. Giving chemotherapy first should shrink the tumor and sometimes can allow a lumpectomy to be done instead of a mastectomy so that the woman can keep her breast. The alternative would be to have a mastectomy (the breast removed) and then get the chemotherapy after surgery. In order to be eligible for neoadjuvant chemotherapy the woman should not have any other reasons why a lumpectomy cannot be performed. The other implication of this is that if neoadjuvant chemotherapy is done and then a lumpectomy is completed the woman will need to have 6 weeks of daily radiation to the breast after the surgery. If a mastectomy is done radiation may or may not be needed. Read more...
Neoadjuvant chemo. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is a common treatment for locally advanced breast cancer and has been proven to have significant effect to reduce the size of the breast cancer in some patients the surgical management can be a lumpectomy and not a mastectomy. Read more...