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Chemotherapy (cont.)

Chemotherapy Uses

Sometimes, chemotherapy is used as the only cancer treatment. But more often, you will get chemotherapy along with surgery, radiation therapy, or biological therapy. Chemotherapy can:

  • Make a tumor smaller before surgery or radiation therapy. This is called neo-adjuvant chemotherapy.

  • Destroy cancer cells that may remain after surgery or radiation therapy. This is called adjuvant chemotherapy.

  • Help radiation therapy and biological therapy work better.

  • Destroy cancer cells that have come back (recurrent cancer) or spread to other parts of your body (metastatic cancer).

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