Adjuvant Chemotherapy

  • M. Tubiana-Hulin
  • M. Gardner
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 151)

Apparently localized breast cancer which has been treated with optimal locoregional therapy can recur months or years later, ultimately resulting in death. This is generally believed to be due to the development of occult micrometastases disseminated in the body and already present at the time of the initial surgery. Destruction of these micrometastases is the aim of adjuvant and neoadjuvant therapy. Adjuvant therapies have been widely used since the 1970s and, although the absolute survival benefit they confer is modest (10%), they have been credited, together with screening and improvement of loco-regional treatment, for the reduction in breast cancer mortality observed in recent decades.


Breast Cancer Acute Myeloid Leukemia Adjuvant Chemotherapy Positive Axillary Node Annual Event Rate 
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  • M. Tubiana-Hulin
    • 1
  • M. Gardner
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre René Huguenin St CloudSaint-CloudFrance

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