NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,938 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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tumor debulking
(TOO-mer dee-BUL-king)
Surgical removal of as much of a tumor as possible. Tumor 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 debulking.