Items Tagged ‘Cancer Dictionary’

March 30, 2015

Aloe

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plant, a member of the lily family, is a common household plant originally from Africa. The most common and widely known species of aloe plant is aloe vera.

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Antiandrogen

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A drug that blocks the action of the male sex hormones.

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Antigen

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Any substance that, when introduced into the body, is recognized by the immune system as foreign.

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Antimicrobial

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Pertaining to a substance that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth or replication.

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Angiogram

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An x-ray of blood vessels. A dye is injected into an artery to outline the blood vessels on the x-ray machine.

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Aggressive

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A type of cancer that generally grows quickly.

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Acini

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The sac-like part of the milk-producing glands in the breast. Several acini form a lobule.

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Anatomy

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The physical structure of an internal structure of an organism or any of its parts.

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Alpha-blockers

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A class of drugs also known as alpha-adrenergic blockers which are used to treat high blood pressure and other conditions like an enlarged prostate or stress urinary incontinence.

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ASCO

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world

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Anterior

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At or near the front.

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Angiomyolipoma

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A benign tumor consisting of blood vessels, fatty tissue and muscle elements, usually occurring in the kidney.

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Autoimmune Disease

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A disease that results when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissue. Rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus are autoimmune diseases.

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March 30, 2015

Astrocytomas

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A type of tumor that begins in the brain or spinal cord in small, star-shaped cells called astrocytes. Cells from higher-grade, more abnormal-looking tumors usually grow faster and are more malignant than cells from lower-grade tumors.

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March 30, 2015

Arterial Embolization

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Blocking an artery so that the blood cannot flow to the tumor.

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