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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Factor pronóstico

Prognostic factor (prog-NOS-tik FAK-ter)
A situation or condition, or a characteristic of a patient, that can be used to estimate the chance of recovery from a disease or the chance of the disease recurring (coming back).

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