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|+||Chemotherapy given after [[tumor]] surgery.|
|+||The idea underpinning adjuvant chemotherapy is that the [[chemotherapy]] drugs are more effective after the main tumor has been removed and any remaining [[cancer]] is in small amounts (microscopic metastases).|
|+||For example, in a case of colon cancer, the primary tumor would first be resected (removed) from the colon. Then the adjuvant chemotherapy would then be carried out. The chemotherapy drugs might be given [[intravenously]] and instilled directly into the abdomen.|