Adjuvant chemotherapy and adjuvant radiotherapy are directed at killing any micrometastases, thus preventing relapse (regrowth of the cancer) and the (likely) death of the patient. Early detection of micrometastases could identify the patients who are most (and least) likely to benefit from adjuvant therapy.
- micrometastasis - definition of micrometastasis in the Medical dictionary - by the Free Online Medical Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia
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