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.

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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...
Dependent on drugs. Adjuvant and neoadjuvant chemotherapy refer mainly to the timing of the chemotherapy in relation to other treatments. The side effects are determined by the actual drugs that are used. Read more...

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...

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...
Preoperative ChemoRx. Traditionally, chemotherapy is given after surgery, based on the staging information obtained at the time of surgery. However, some cancers are better-treated with chemorx (and/or radiationrx) before surgery. For example, larger breast tumors can be shrunk with chemorx, thus enabling rx by lumpectomy rather than mastectomy; some people w/rectal ca avoid permanent colostomy w/chemo+radrx pre-op. Read more...