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You've had surgery to take out your tumor, and your surgeon says all the cancer was removed. Yet, you've been referred to another doctor to consider more treatment — called adjuvant therapy. You may wonder why you need additional treatment when your cancer has already been removed.
Even if your surgery was successful in removing all visible cancer, there may be a chance that your cancer could return. Doctors feel this may be due to microscopic bits of cancer that may remain and are undetectable with current methods. Depending on your specific case, you may benefit from adjuvant therapy, since this additional treatment may reduce the risk that your cancer will return.
Adjuvant therapy is used after primary treatments, such as surgery or radiation. But the added benefit of adjuvant therapy doesn't come without a price — the side effects can be more than minor inconveniences.
Not everyone benefits from adjuvant therapy. Work with your doctor to determine if adjuvant therapy is right for you.
Types of cancer treatment that are used as adjuvant therapy include:
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