Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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ambulatory
Able to walk about.
ambulatory care
Non-emergency medical care; usually the term refers to outpatient care, not requiring hospitalization.
ambulatory infusion pump
Electrical or battery operated device which is used to deliver solutions containing a parenteral drug under pressure at a regulated flow rate.
ambulatory surgery
Surgical procedures that do not require an overnight hospital stay.
amelanotic melanoma
A type of skin cancer in which the cells do not make melanin. Skin lesions are often irregular and may be pink, red, or have light brown, tan, or gray at the edges
ameloblastoma
Rare, benign tumor of odontogenic epithelium; often appearing in the upper or lower jaw; rarely malignant or metastatic; slow growing; requiring wide surgical excision that may cause More…
amenorrhea
Absence or suppression of normal menstrual flow. May be induced by anticancer drug treatment.
American Board of Surgery
The American Board of Surgery (ABS) was founded in 1937 for the purpose of certifying those found to be qualified after meeting specific requirements and completing an examination process. More…
amifostine
A drug used as a chemoprotective drug to control some of the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy
amikacin
An antibiotic drug used to treat infection. It belongs to the family of drugs called aminoglycoside antibiotics
amino acid sequence
The arrangement of amino acids in a protein. Proteins can be made from 20 different kinds of amino acids, and the structure and function of each type of protein are determined by the kinds More…
aminocamptothecin
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called topoisomerase inhibitors
aminoglutethimide
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitors. Aminoglutethimide is used to decrease the production of sex hormones (estrogen or More…
aminoglycoside antibiotic
A type of antibiotic that works against many types of bacteria and includes streptomycin, gentamicin, and neomycin. Aminoglycosides are used to treat bacterial infections
aminolevulinic acid
A drug used in photodynamic therapy that is absorbed by tumor cells; when exposed to light, it becomes active and kills the cancer cells
aminopterin
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called antimetabolites
AMKL
acute megakaryocytic leukemia
AML
Acute myelogenous leukemia. A quickly progressing disease in which too many immature blood-forming cells are found in the blood and bone marrow. Also called acute myeloid leukemia or acute More…
AML
acute myelogenous leukemia or acute myeloid leukaemia
amonafide
A substance that is being studied in the treatment of cancer. It belongs to the families of drugs called topoisomerase inhibitors and intercalating agents
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