Neoadjuvant therapy

Neoadjuvant therapy is treatment given before the primary treatment for a condition or disease. Examples of neoadjuvant therapy include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy given before surgery to remove cancer.

Neoadjuvant therapy is often given to reduce the size of the surgical area or to provide for a better cosmetic result. Additional chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or hormone therapy is usually needed following the surgery for the treatment of cancer.

Last Updated: May 13, 2009

Author: Bets Davis, MFA

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology/Oncology

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