What is the role of adjuvant therapy in the treatment of breast cancer?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Erin V Newton, MD; Chief Editor: Neetu Radhakrishnan, MD  more...
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Adjuvant therapy for breast cancer is designed to treat micrometastatic disease, or breast cancer cells that have escaped the breast and regional lymph nodes but have not yet established an identifiable metastasis.

The image below depicts the anatomy of the breast.

Anatomy of the breast. Anatomy of the breast.

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