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

Updated: Dec 27, 2019
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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Adjuvant treatment for breast cancer involves radiation therapy and a variety of chemotherapeutic and biologic agents. It is designed to treat micrometastatic disease (or breast cancer cells that have escaped the breast and regional lymph nodes but which have not yet had an established identifiable metastasis). Treatment is aimed at reducing the risk of future recurrence, thereby reducing breast cancer−related morbidity and mortality.


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