Cytoreduction surgery

  • Cytoreduction literally means reduction in the number of cells
  • Cytoreduction surgery (also known as debulking surgery / cytoreductive surgery) aims at decreasing the tumor load by removing as much of the tumor as possible
  • It is resorted to when complete surgical removal of the tumor is not possible
  • Used along with chemotherapy / radiotherapy for achieving the best possible result
  • eg: Debulking surgery for gynaecologic malignancy with extensive spread

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