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excision of a major part of a malignant tumor that cannot be completely removed.
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Excision of a major part of a malignant tumor which cannot be completely removed, so as to enhance the effectiveness of subsequent radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
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debulking operationCytoreductive surgery, debulking surgery Surgical oncology A surgical procedure to decrease mass effect by removing a portion of a tumor or dead tissue; excision of large malignant tumor masses. See Downstage.
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de·bulk·ing op·er·ation(dē-bŭlk'ing op-ĕr-ā'shŭn)
Excision of a major part of a malignant tumor that cannot be completely removed, so as to enhance the effectiveness of subsequent radio- or chemotherapy.
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