NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,179 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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limb-salvage surgery
(lim-SAL-vij SER-juh-ree)
Surgery to remove a tumor in a limb (arm or leg) without removing the whole limb. The bone and tissue around the tumor may also be removed, and an implant may be used to replace the part of the limb removed. Limb-salvage surgery is done to help save the use and appearance of the limb. It is used to treat cancers of the bone and soft tissue. Also called limb-sparing surgery.