Dr. Harness explains if it is necessary to have chemotherapy after a mastectomy.
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The Necessity of Chemotherapy Post Mastectomy Very common question that I’m asked is the question, “Oh gosh, if you just get rid of the breast doest that mean I don’t need all that other bad stuff?” You know I don’t need chemotherapy, I don’t need radiation therapy. And the answer is you may will only need the chemotherapy because we think of breast cancer as a systemic disease. As soon as there is growth through the wall of the ducts, cancer cells can shut off. In a sense like dandruff and floating, go elsewhere in the body. And so cells elsewhere in the body that were more concerned about and that’s why chemotherapy or antiestrogen pill therapies are necessary to go after those cells. So regardless of what’s done with the breast, saving it, removing it, the other therapies are treating the whole body and are very important.