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What is preventive chemotherapy?

Understanding the use of chemotherapy to reduce cancer risk

What is preventive chemotherapy?
What is preventive chemotherapy?

Preventive chemotherapy, also known as adjuvant chemotherapy, is a treatment that uses drugs to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence or metastasis after surgery. It is typically used in patients who have a high risk of cancer returning, such as those with early-stage breast cancer or colon cancer.

What is preventive chemotherapy used for?

Preventive chemotherapy is used to treat a variety of cancers, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma

How does preventive chemotherapy work?

Preventive chemotherapy works by killing cancer cells that may have spread from the primary tumor to other parts of the body. It is typically given intravenously (IV), can also be given orally or as a shot.

What are the side effects of preventive chemotherapy?

The side effects of preventive chemotherapy vary depending on the type of drugs used and the patient’s individual health. Common side effects include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hair loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Mouth sores
  • Anemia
  • Infection
  • Neuropathy

How long does preventive chemotherapy last?

The length of preventive chemotherapy treatment varies depending on the type of cancer and the patient’s individual health.

What are the benefits of preventive chemotherapy?

Preventive chemotherapy can reduce the risk of cancer recurrence or metastasis by up to 50%. It can also improve survival rates and quality of life for patients with cancer.

What are the risks of preventive chemotherapy?

It is important to know the risks of preventive chemotherapy; these include different side effects, such as fatigue, nausea and vomiting, hair loss, diarrhea, mouth sores, anemia, infection and neuropathy. In very rare cases, preventive chemotherapy can cause serious side effects, such as heart damage or death.


Preventive chemotherapy is an effective treatment for reducing the risk of cancer recurrence or metastasis. It is important to discuss the benefits and risks of preventive chemotherapy with your doctor to decide if it is the right treatment for you.

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