debulking

Definition / meaning of debulking

Surgical removal of as much of a tumor as possible. Debulking may increase the chance that chemotherapy or radiation therapy will kill all the tumor cells. It may also be done to relieve symptoms or help the patient live longer. Also called tumor debulking.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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