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A medical procedure is a specific action or activity used in the diagnosis and treatment of a health condition.

In childhood cancer, procedures may include tests or a series of actions needed to make a diagnosis, deliver therapy, or monitor how the patient is responding to treatment.

Cancer patients may have several different procedures throughout their diagnosis and treatment. Sometimes they may undergo the same procedure more than once.

Procedures are an important part of the diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer.

Reviewed: June 2018