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Why is adjuvant therapy recommended after surgery for beast cancer?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
10 doctors agree
In brief: Breast cancer rx
After surgical removal (lumpectomy or mastectomy) there is a risk of additional microamounts of tumor remaining.
Adjuvant chemotherapy and supplemental irradiation can statistically lower the chance of recurrence. Discuss with your oncologist your category and the best options for your recovery.

In brief: Breast cancer rx
After surgical removal (lumpectomy or mastectomy) there is a risk of additional microamounts of tumor remaining.
Adjuvant chemotherapy and supplemental irradiation can statistically lower the chance of recurrence. Discuss with your oncologist your category and the best options for your recovery.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Internal Medicine - Oncology
In brief: Microscopic spread
The purpose of adjuvant therapy (chemo or hormones) is to kill microscopic deposits of cancer that may have spread from the primary before surgery.
It treats the possibility, not the certainty of residual cancer. Of course, the risk depends on many factors, especially stage so an oncologist will balance benefit vs toxicity in each individual patient to decide on the specific therapy.

In brief: Microscopic spread
The purpose of adjuvant therapy (chemo or hormones) is to kill microscopic deposits of cancer that may have spread from the primary before surgery.
It treats the possibility, not the certainty of residual cancer. Of course, the risk depends on many factors, especially stage so an oncologist will balance benefit vs toxicity in each individual patient to decide on the specific therapy.
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
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Dr. Gary Tuma
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Chemo
Almost every patient with a diagnosis of breast cancer gets some form of adjuvant therapy.
Whether its is true chemo or hormonal or both. This is why survival has improved for almost all the stages.

In brief: Chemo
Almost every patient with a diagnosis of breast cancer gets some form of adjuvant therapy.
Whether its is true chemo or hormonal or both. This is why survival has improved for almost all the stages.
Dr. Gary Tuma
Dr. Gary Tuma
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Dr. Amir Faridi
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Adjuvant treatment
Depends on type of surgery and aggressiveness of disease.
Usually recommends to decrease the chances of local and systemic recurrence.

In brief: Adjuvant treatment
Depends on type of surgery and aggressiveness of disease.
Usually recommends to decrease the chances of local and systemic recurrence.
Dr. Amir Faridi
Dr. Amir Faridi
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