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BL22 immunotoxin
A bacterial toxic substance linked to an antibody that attaches to cancer cells and kills them. It belongs to the family of drugs called bacterial immunotoxins
black cohosh
Cimicifuga racemosa . An eastern North American perennial herb. A substance obtained from the root of the plant has been used in some cultures to treat a number of medical problems. It is More…
black snakeroot
Cimicifuga racemosa. An eastern North American perennial herb. A substance obtained from the root of the plant has been used in some cultures to treat a number of medical problems. It is More…
bladder
The organ that stores urine
bladder cancer
Presence of cancerous cells in the bladder.
bladder tumor marker studies
Urine is examined for “markers” associated with cancer.
bland (mechanical) embolization
A tumor treatment that requires inserting a tiny catheter in an artery in the groin that is then guided into the liver and the actual tumor. Once in the tumor, the catheter releases tiny More…
bland embolization
Particulate arterial embolization without chemotherapy
blast
An immature blood cell
blast cells
Blood cells still in an immature stage of development.
blast crisis
The phase of chronic myelogenous leukemia in which the number of immature, abnormal white blood cells in the bone marrow and blood is extremely high. Also called blast phase
blast phase
The phase of chronic myelogenous leukemia in which the number of immature, abnormal white blood cells in the bone marrow and blood is extremely high. Also called blast crisis
blastoma
Tumor composed of immature undifferentiated cells
BLEO
bleomycin
bleomycin
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called antitumor antibiotics
blessed thistle
Cnicus benedictus . A plant whose leaves, stems, and flowers have been used in some cultures to treat certain medical problems. Blessed thistle may have anti-inflammatory and anticancer More…
blinded study
A type of study in which the patients (single-blinded) or the patients and their doctors (double-blinded) do not know which drug or treatment is being given. The opposite of a blinded study More…
blood
A tissue with red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and other substances suspended in fluid called plasma. Blood takes oxygen and nutrients to the tissues, and carries away wastes More…
blood brain barrier
Mechanism that creates a barrier between brain tissues and circulating blood. It serves to protect the central nervous system.
blood cancer
See leukemia
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