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Five-Year Survival--A term commonly used as the statistical basis for successful treatment. A patient with cancer is generally considered cured after five or more years without recurrence of disease.

Frozen Section--A technique in which tissue is removed by biopsy, then frozen, cut into thin slices, stained and examined under a microscope. A pathologist can rapidly examine a frozen section for immediate diagnosis. This procedure is often done during surgery to help the physician decide the most appropriate course of action.