Encyclopedia of Cancer

2011 Edition
| Editors: Manfred Schwab

Surgical Debulking

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-16483-5_5598

Definition

Debulking surgery (synonym), also cytoreductive surgery, is used to remove just a portion of a cancerous tumor. It is recommended in situations when removing an entire tumor might damage an organ or other parts of the body. It is common for other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation, to be used after a debulking procedure.

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