Soon after therapy, when there is no evidence of disease or sometimes when there is still some disease left, patients may choose observation or maintenance. Observation is exactly what the name implies: patients stop their cancer treatments and their doctor monitors them to determine if the cancer has returned.
Maintenance is designed to prolong remission and lower the risk of cancer recurrence. It can also be used when there is still cancer present to prevent it from growing. Patients may take maintenance therapies for months or even years. PARP inhibitors are the newest drugs to be shown helpful in these situations.
For more information on commonly used therapies and promising drugs in development for maintenance, please select the appropriate situation.