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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Factor predisponente

Predictive factor (preh-DIK-tiv FAK-ter)
A condition or finding that can be used to help predict whether a person’s cancer will respond to a specific treatment. Predictive factor may also describe something that increases a person’s risk of developing a condition or disease.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.