NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
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- Karnofsky Performance Status
- listen (kar-NOF-skee per-FOR-munts STA-tus)
- A standard way of measuring the ability of cancer patients to perform ordinary tasks. The Karnofsky Performance Status scores range from 0 to 100. A higher score means the patient is better able to carry out daily activities. Karnofsky Performance Status may be used to determine a patient's prognosis, to measure changes in a patient’s ability to function, or to decide if a patient could be included in a clinical trial. Also called KPS.