Karnofsky Performance Status

Definition / meaning of Karnofsky Performance Status

A standard way of measuring the ability of cancer patients to perform ordinary tasks. The Karnofsky Performance scores range from 0 to 100. A higher score means the patient is better able to carry out daily activities. KPS may be used to determine a patient’s prognosis, to measure changes in a patient

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

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