preemptive chemotherapy

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neoadjuvant chemotherapy

Chemotherapy given before cancer surgery with the hope that it will shrink the tumour, resulting in a procedure that is less drastic and has clearer margins.

Breast, colorectal, lung cancers.

Adverse effects
Nausea, vomiting, hair loss, fatigue, oral ulcers, infection, anaemia, increased bleeding.

preemptive chemotherapy

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy Oncology Aggressive chemotherapy in a person with a previously diagnosed and treated CA, who is at high risk of tumor recurrence. Cf Chemoprevention.