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What is KPS: Karnofsky Performance Status

The Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) index designed in the late 1940s as an adjunctive tool to evaluate the activity levels of patients with cancer who were participating in cancer chemotherapy trials.

The KPS assessing ambulation, self care ability, activity level, and evidence of disease, is described as follows: (Measures of performance status for patients with malignant disease)

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