Adjuvant Systemic Therapy



The multidisciplinary treatment of primary breast cancer includes surgery, radiation, and systemic therapy. Approximately two thirds of patients with regional lymph node metastasis recur within 5 years after “curative” resection, presumably due to the presence of undetectable micrometastases that exist at the time of surgery. Therefore, only systemic therapy can eradicate micrometastatic disease and improve long-term disease-free survival. This chapter provides an overview of adjuvant chemotherapy therapy for breast cancer.


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  1. 1.Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics ResearchCity of Hope National Medical CenterDuarteUSA

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