After surgery (adjuvant chemotherapy)

When therapy is given to patients who have no evidence of cancer after surgery, it is called adjuvant therapy. Surgery is used to remove all of the cancer that can be seen, but adjuvant therapy is used to kill any cancer cells that might be left behind or spread but can’t be seen, even on imaging tests.

If these cells are allowed to grow, they can establish new tumors in other places in the body. Adjuvant therapy after surgery to remove breast cancer lowers the risk of breast cancer coming back. Radiation and hormone therapy can also be used as adjuvant treatments. Adjuvant chemo is often given over 3 to 6 months.


Before surgery (neoadjuvant chemotherapy)

Chemotherapy for advanced breast cancer


How is chemotherapy given?

Dose-dense chemotherapy

Possible side effects of Chemotherapy


Hormone therapy for breast cancer in men

Targeted therapy for breast cancer in men

Bone-directed therapy for breast cancer in men


Coping and support for male breast cancer


Related Topics

Benign breast conditions

General breast cancer terms

Types of breast cancer in men








Oncologists, Breast Surgeons are the specialists who deal with the breast cancer