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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.
Ovarian cancer debulking surgery is usually an “open” surgical procedure, which involves a traditional vertical incision in the abdomen. This type of surgery will allow your surgeon to explore the pelvic area for cancer and remove any tumor masses. Your surgeon may also opt to perform the surgery using minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy.
Laparoscopy is a procedure that involves a few small incisions with a small camera and special surgical instruments inserted to perform the debulking surgery
Palliative care; Palliative care is an interdisciplinary approach to specialized medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress at any stage of illness.Learn Less