Irving, TX – Adjuvant therapy is administered after the initial cancer treatment. If a patient undergoes surgery, the preceding treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biological therapy or hormone therapy is what is known as adjuvant cancer therapy. It is necessary for a patient to have adjuvant therapy to complete their treatment.
“Most cancers have the potential of recurring after primarily being treatment, but the chances of curing them can increase if an adjuvant therapy plan is put in place,” said Dr. Jimenez. “Your doctor is the one who will determine if it’s necessary for a patient to undergo adjuvant cancer therapy after the primary cancer treatment.”
Once it’s determined that a patient needs adjuvant cancer therapy, the following are the treatment options available:
• Local Adjuvant Cancer Therapy – This is a site-specific therapy aimed at a particular location to kill the remaining cancer cells after surgical removal of the tumor. It includes the radiation therapy delivered to the breast, armpit or chest wall. It is recommended for patients who have inflammatory breast cancer and had a large tumor of over 2 inches, lymph nodes linked to their tumor, who had undergone lumpectomy or who had a tumor that metastasized into the muscles of the chest wall. Local adjuvant therapy is given to a patient six weeks after surgery.
• Systemic Adjuvant Therapy – This treatment administered to the whole body to kill the cancer cells that are too small and may have been missed during the primary treatment then progressed to the other body parts. Systematic adjuvant therapy is most recommended since it takes care of all the cancer cells that were lying undetected. It includes targeted therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy or targeted therapy, a combination of any.
• Combination Therapy – This combines more than one therapy to treat cancer. It is a bit expensive but offers great benefits such as slowing down resistance levels, low rate of treatment failure and low ratios of case fatality.
“Doctors need to make patients understand that undergoing adjuvant cancer therapy is not a guarantee that your cancer will not recur,” continued Dr. Jimenez. ”But it can help in reducing the risks of the cancer recurring.”
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