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.
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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.
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