Neoadjuvant (Pre-surgery) Therapy
In some cases, women will be given systemic therapies (chemotherapy or hormone therapy) before they have surgery. This may be done for a number of reasons, such as shrinking the tumour for a less-severe operation (i.e. you may be eligible for a lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy, if that is your choice), treating cases of inflammatory breast cancer that cannot currently be operated on, or to begin treating the rest of the body and prevent metastases (spreading of cancer cells). Your care team will determine the right form of therapy for you.
On this page, you'll find information about neoadjuvant therapy (NAT) and who receives it.