Chemotherapy, adjuvant
Chemotherapy (drug therapy) that is given after tumor surgery. The idea underpinning adjuvant chemotherapy is that the toxic drugs are more effective after the main tumor has been removed and any cancer that remains is in very small amounts (microscopic metastases).

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