Debulking

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Debulking is the removal of malignant material in a surgical procedure used for cancer patients where the malignancy is sensitive to adjuvant therapy (breast, bowel, pancreatic, gallbladder, renal, bladder, uterine, and cervical tumours are not routinely debulked). The purpose of debulking is to leave as few malignant cells as possible to be dealt with by chemotherapy, which consequently has a better chance of leaving behind as little disease as possible.