Thoracentesis – A thoracentesis, or pleural tap, involves putting a needle into the space between the lining of the lung and the lung itself to remove fluid or air. The procedure is relatively painless, but you must remain still. A chest x-ray may be done following the Procedure.
Thrombocytopenia – A condition resulting from an abnormally low number of platelets (thrombocytes) circulating in the blood. Bleeding and/or bruising may occur if the Platelet count is especially low (less than 20,000/mm 3 ).
Toxicity – Toxicity refers to side effects that are related to the dose of a drug.
Transfusion – An intravenous (IV) infusion of blood or blood components.
Turnor – A collection of cells that appears as a lump, mass, or swelling.
Turnor markers – Chemicals in the blood that are associated with particular kinds of cancer. These chemicals can be measured to help doctors diagnose cancer and evaluate the effectiveness of a cancer treatment. A rise in the level of a marker could mean the cancer is growing; a drop in the level could indicate the treatment regimen is effective.
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