Cytoreductive Surgery

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What is Debulking Cytoreductive Surgery?

Overview: Debulking surgery or cytoreduction surgery is a standard treatment for ovarian cancer. Debulking is done to remove as much visible cancer or tumor as possible, leaving behind no tumor that measure more than two centimeters in diameter. By reducing the size of  your ovarian tumor prior to the delivery of chemotherapy, chemotherapeutic drugs can target the remaining cancer very effectively.
Ovarian cancerand some types of brain tumorare debulked before radiotherapy or chemotherapy begin, to make these therapies more effective. In other types of cancer where debulking is not curative, it is sometimes done with palliative care to relieve mass effect of cancer.

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