12 Facts About Adjuvant therapy


Adjuvant therapy, known as adjunct therapy, adjuvant care, or augmentation therapy, is a therapy that is given in addition to the primary or initial therapy to maximize its effectiveness.

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The surgeries and complex treatment regimens used in cancer therapy have led the term to be used mainly to describe adjuvant cancer treatments.

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An example of such adjuvant therapy is the additional treatment usually given after surgery where all detectable disease has been removed, but where there remains a statistical risk of relapse due to the presence of undetected disease.

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Adjuvant therapy's results, published in 1985, indicated increased disease-free survival for the former group.

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Since then, the field of adjuvant therapy has greatly expanded to include a wide range of adjuvant therapies to include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy, and radiation.

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Example, radiotherapy or systemic therapy is commonly given as adjuvant treatment after surgery for breast cancer.

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Hyperthermia therapy or heat therapy is a kind of adjuvant therapy that is given along with radiation or chemotherapy to boost the effects of these conventional treatments.

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Concomitant or concurrent systemic cancer Adjuvant therapy refers to administering medical treatments at the same time as other therapies, such as radiation.

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Adjuvant therapy is particularly effective in certain types of cancer, including colorectal carcinoma, lung cancer, and medulloblastoma.

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Standard chemoAdjuvant therapy regimens are usually administered every 3 weeks to allow normal cells time to recover.

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Since most early-stage endometrial cancer cases are diagnosed early and are typically very curable with surgery, adjuvant therapy is only given after surveillance and histological factors determine that a patient is at high risk for recurrence.

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Adjuvant pelvic radiation therapy has received scrutiny for its use in women under 60, as studies have indicated decreased survival and increased risk of second malignancies following treatment.

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