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How is chemotherapy for breast cancer conducted?

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In brief: Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy uses medicines to destroy cancer cells.
You may have chemotherapy:
• before your surgery - to shrink the tumour
• after surgery - to reduce the chance of cancer coming back or spreading
• as a treatment for breast cancer that has spread or come back
Some chemotherapy can be taken as a tablet, but most is given as an injection into your vein. You may need one or more different drugs as part of your treatment. You will usually have chemotherapy as a treatment cycle, with a few days taking the drugs and then a few weeks of rest afterwards. You may have a number of treatment cycles over a period of up to eight months.

In brief: Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy uses medicines to destroy cancer cells.
You may have chemotherapy:
• before your surgery - to shrink the tumour
• after surgery - to reduce the chance of cancer coming back or spreading
• as a treatment for breast cancer that has spread or come back
Some chemotherapy can be taken as a tablet, but most is given as an injection into your vein. You may need one or more different drugs as part of your treatment. You will usually have chemotherapy as a treatment cycle, with a few days taking the drugs and then a few weeks of rest afterwards. You may have a number of treatment cycles over a period of up to eight months.
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