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Types of breast cancer medication

There various types of breast cancer medications that one can use. There are two groups under which these medications fall - neoadjuvant therapy and adjuvant therapy. Under Neoadjuvant therapy one can find pre-surgery medication. They are given before surgery and their role is to reduce the size of the tumor. This not only makes the job of the surgeon easier, but also reduces the time needed by a cancer patient to recover from a surgery. Under adjuvant therapy one can find post-surgery medication. They are given after surgery and their role is to destroy any cancer cell that the surgeon could not remove.

Like all types of medications, breast cancer medications also has side effects. These medications has positive effects like destroying cancer cell that the surgeon was not able to remove, reducing the size of the tumor, and preventing relapse of cancer in a patient.The undesirable effects include vaginal dryness, nausea, and weight loss. However research is being done to reduce the side effects of these medications.

The patient’s reaction to breast cancer medication varies and can never be predicted.So consulting your doctor about this is absolutely necessary. The doctor will have try different types of medication before they get the right combination. You can also help your doctor by knowing the possible side effects of the medications, and reporting the effects that are not expected. The purpose of this article is to provide general information. For more information about diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer one should consult a certified doctor.


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