• What is adjuvant chemotherapy?

    Asked by cancervivor on Thursday, December 20, 2012

    What is adjuvant chemotherapy?

    I've heard this term and was just wondering if it was something different than what I had. I had IV drip AVBD and MOPP

    2 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Adjuvant therapy has nothing to do with the chemo drugs you used. Adjuvant means "in addition to" . In oncology it means treatment in addition to primary treatment. So for instance, if you have surgery as your primary treatment followed by chemotherapy or radiation, then your chemotherapy (regardless of which drugs are used) and/or radiation become adjuvant therapies. If you have chemo prior to surgery then the chemo is labeled neoadjuvant. If you don't have surgery and chemo is the primary treatment, then any other treatments become adjuvant treatments to the chemotherapy.

      almost 5 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Cancervivor, great question! Adjuvant chemo is a treatment that follows surgery or radiation. Neo -adjuvant chemo is chemo given before surgery or radiation. I hope this clears it up a bit, Carm.

      almost 5 years ago

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