Current Breast Cancer Reports

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 16–24 | Cite as

Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Early Stage Breast Cancer: Current Trends and Future Directions

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Abstract

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States. The goal of administering adjuvant therapy to women with early-stage breast cancer is to eradicate clinically occult micrometastatic disease that may later lead to distant recurrence and subsequent death from metastatic disease. Adjuvant chemotherapy has become an integral part of the treatment of early stage cancer. This review highlights some of the major advances in adjuvant chemotherapy, including choice of agents, scheduling, targeted therapy, and the use of molecular profiling techniques.

Keywords

Adjuvant chemotherapy breast cancer Taxane Trastuzumab Oncotype Dx Anthracycline Bevacizumab Lapatinib 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Medical Oncology, UMDNJ—Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolThe Cancer Institute of New JerseyNew BrunswickUSA

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