When it comes to cancer, all of the terms may become a bit confusing to a patient. Especially when some sound so similar yet have very different definitions. But when it comes to surgery, patients may immediately assume it means a curative surgery; removing the cancer. But that’s not always the case.

Some surgical procedures aren’t necessarily intended for that. Patients may undergo surgery for a diagnosis, to reduce the size of a tumor, or even to relieve pain or discomfort. So, what’s the difference? Doctors at Cancer Treatment Centers of America explain here.

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