Chemotherapy before surgery?

My mom's gynecologic oncologist recommended that my mom undergo chemotherapy first before determining whether tumours can be removed by surgery. I read that surgery is key to improving a patient's prognosis so I'm getting anxious. Would anyone share how their experience was if you had been given similar treatment options?


  • I had surgery first both times then 6 cycles of carbo/ taxol. 
  • My mom had 3 chemos first, then surgery, then 3 final chemos.  Theories on what is most effective can vary. I have read both sides, that each one is "better", with adjuvant treatment (chemo surgery chemo) being looked at as a newer way.   I think it's a difficult point to focus on, hard to know since statistics are compiled from about 5-10 years ago as I've heard . It's better to go ahead with the plan the oncologist has, but ask questions along the way. All the very best to your mom and you. 
  • Hi @beatcancer8.  What did your mom decide to do?  Yes, there are different approaches to chemo before or after surgery.  Often it depends on the individual situation and what the doctor thinks is the best approach for the person based on what they know about the cancer, where it is and what would be most effective.  @Luci22 is correct when she says theories and results can vary - there is no "cast in stone" best approach so her advice is sound - go ahead with the plan from the doctor and ask lots of questions.  Thanks for your comment @Laurie !

    Has your mom received the guide, "By Your Side"?  It is available through Ovarian Cancer Canada free of charge.  You can order it online here:

    Has she had her first chemo yet.  How did it go?  It is great that she has you in her corner checking things out!  How you are doing with all this???
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