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Written on September 9, 2014 at 11:43 pm, by

Abscess – An abscess is an area in the body’s tissue that is filled with infection and surrounded by information. Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) – ANC refers to the percentage of the total white blood cell count that is made up of cells called neutrophils. Neutrophils are particularly important because they defend our bodies against infection.  Continue Reading »


Written on September 9, 2014 at 11:12 pm, by

Bilirubin – A substance that is formed when red blood cells break down. It becomes part of bile, which is produced by the liver. A buildup of bilirubin can cause jaundice. Bilirubin levels are often tested to monitor liver or bile duct function. Biological therapy – A type of therapy that stimulates the immune system  Continue Reading »


Written on September 9, 2014 at 11:37 pm, by

Carcinogen – A carcinogen is anything that causes cancer. Carcinogens can be physical, chemical, or viral, but many are not known. Carcinoma in situ – A cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body or invaded nearby tissue. Carcinoma in situ, an early form of cancer, is highly curable. Chemotherapy – The  Continue Reading »


Written on September 9, 2014 at 11:41 pm, by

Diagnosis – Identification of a condition or disease based on the signs and symptoms, laboratory tests, procedures, history, and physical examination of the patient. Diarrhea – Bowel movements that occur more frequently and are more liquid in consistency than normal. Chemotherapy, medication, radiation, and infection may cause diarrhea. Diarrhea can also be caused by medications  Continue Reading »


Written on September 9, 2014 at 11:51 pm, by

Echocardiogram – A graphic record of the heart that provides information about its position, internal parts such as valves, a. the motion of the heart walls. The procedure ( echocardiography ) involves ultrasonic waves directed over the chest. Edema – An abnormal buildup of fluid in body tissue. Electrocardiography (EKG) – An EKG records the  Continue Reading »


Written on September 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm, by

Fatigue – Fatigue means feeling tired, weak, sleepy, forgetful, or worn out, and having no energy to go about your daily routine. Fatigue is commonly caused by cancer treatments, but can also result from the disease itself. Fatigue is also often present in patients with anemia. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – The FDA is  Continue Reading »


Written on September 10, 2014 at 12:02 am, by

Gene – Cells contain genes, which are pieces of DNA that contain information for making proteins. Genes contain information on hereditary characteristics such as hair color, eye color, and height. as well as whether one is at higher risk for developing certain diseases. Grade – Grade is the measurement of a cancer, reflecting how abnormal  Continue Reading »


Written on September 10, 2014 at 12:05 am, by

Hematocrit (Hct) – A blood test that measures the number of red blood cells in the bloodstream. The lower the hematocrit, the lower the number of red blood cells in the blood. A person with a low hematocrit may have anemia. Hematology – The study of the blood and disorders of the blood. Hemoglobin (Hb  Continue Reading »


Written on September 10, 2014 at 12:09 am, by

Immune system – The body’s defense system against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. The immune system includes white blood cells and protective barriers such as the skin and mucous membranes. The principal organs of the immune system are the bone marrow, spleen, and lymph system. Immunotherapy – A type of therapy that stimulates the immune  Continue Reading »


Written on September 10, 2014 at 12:13 am, by

Jaundice – A yellowing of the skin caused by abnormal liver function.

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