NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,032 terms related to cancer and medicine.

local therapy
(LOH-kul THAYR-uh-pee)
Treatment that is directed to a specific organ or limited area of the body, such as the breast or an abnormal growth on the skin. Examples of local therapy used in cancer are surgery, radiation therapy, cryotherapy, laser therapy, and topical therapy (medicine in a lotion or cream that is applied to the skin).