What Is Adjuvant Therapy?

Adjuvant therapies are drug treatments that breast cancer patients receive after surgery to prevent cancer from returning. These treatments may include chemotherapy, anti-estrogen therapy, or anti-HER2 therapy.

“This is now a widely established paradigm for the management of almost all kinds of breast cancer,” says Harold Burstein, MD, PhD, a breast cancer specialist in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber. “The vast majority of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer will get some form of adjuvant treatment after their breast surgery.”

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