downstaging

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From down- +‎ stage +‎ -ing.

Noun[edit]

downstaging (plural downstagings)

  1. (oncology) A reduction in the stage of a cancer, from a more to a less threatening stage.
    • 2014, Nicholas J. Zyromski, Handbook of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery[1], ISBN 1469873508:
      The goal of downstaging is to decrease the size and number of tumors in patients who do not meet the criteria for transplantation on initial evaluation.