Will I need chemotherapy for my breast cancer following surgery?
Whether or not a patient is a candidate for chemotherapy is not based on which operative procedure she and her physician have chosen (mastectomy vs. conservation therapy). It is usually dependent upon the size of the primary tumor and whether or not the lymph nodes are involved. Most of the time these factors are not known until after surgery. Other factors, such as pre or post menopause state, patients age, and physical condition are also important