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Acute side effects of adjuvant chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer

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Charles L Shapiro, MD
Section Editor
Daniel F Hayes, MD
Deputy Editor
Sadhna R Vora, MD

INTRODUCTION

Adjuvant chemotherapy results in an improvement in both disease-free and overall survival and is routinely administered for women with early stage breast cancer. However, treatment is associated with both acute and long-term complications for the breast cancer survivor.

The acute complications of adjuvant chemotherapy will be reviewed here. Long-term complications and the treatment of breast cancer subsets are discussed separately. Hypersensitivity reactions and dermatologic toxicity associated with chemotherapy, including radiation recall dermatitis, are also presented elsewhere.

(See "Patterns of relapse and long-term complications of therapy in breast cancer survivors".)

(See "Adjuvant endocrine therapy for non-metastatic, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer".)

(See "Adjuvant systemic therapy for HER2-positive breast cancer".)

                        

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