Common Cancer Treatment Terms: Adjuvant Therapy

After receiving a cancer diagnosis, you or a loved one may hear a number of unfamiliar terms associated with your care plan and the treatment options available to you. At CyberKnife Center of Chicago, we work to educate our patients on all the new information they receive before, during and after treatment to ensure patients feel comfortable and at ease.

If you are undergoing treatment for advanced or metastatic cancer, one term you may hear is adjuvant therapy. Adjuvant therapy is additional cancer treatment, or a secondary treatment, delivered before, after or in conjunction with a primary treatment to boost the overall treatment outcome and reduce the risk of recurrent cancer.

Stereotactic radiosurgery or stereotactic body radiation therapy with CyberKnife® may be recommended as adjuvant therapy given prior to or following surgery, or concurrently with another treatment such as chemotherapy. More information about this combination approach is discussed here.

To learn more about CyberKnife and whether it could be integrated into your treatment plan, call us at (331) 221-2050 to schedule a consultation or email our patient coordinator.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.