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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



neoadjuvant therapy  listen  (NEE-oh-A-joo-vant THAYR-uh-pee)

  Treatment given as a first step to shrink a tumor before the main treatment, which is usually surgery, is given. Examples of neoadjuvant therapy include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy. It is a type of induction therapy.