Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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board certification
Voluntary process of credentialing a specialist by the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
bolus
A single dose of drug usually injected into a blood vessel over a short period of time. Also called bolus infusion
bolus chemotherapy
Chemotherapy that is administered over a short period of time through IV. aka: push chemotherapy
bolus contrast
A single dose of contrast solution, usually injected into a blood vessel over a short period of time used to enhance imaging processes.
bolus infusion
A single dose of drug usually injected into a blood vessel over a short period of time. Also called bolus
bombesin
Endogenous neurotransmitter in many animals including mammals. Increased amounts may be found in certain pulmonary and thyroid tumors
BOMP
bleomycin, cisplatin, mitomycin, and vincristine
bone graft
Surgical procedure to replace a diseased piece of bone with a healthy piece of bone taken from another area of the body or from a donor.
bone marrow
The soft, sponge-like tissue in the center of most large bones. It produces white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets
bone marrow ablation
The destruction of bone marrow using radiation or drugs
bone marrow aspiration
(as-per-AY-shun) The removal of a small sample of bone marrow (usually from the hip) through a needle for examination under a microscope
bone marrow biopsy
(BY-op-see) The removal of a sample of tissue from the bone marrow with a needle for examination under a microscope
bone marrow depression
Low blood counts that are sometimes a side effect of chemotherapy.
bone marrow donor
A person who donates their healthy bone marrow to another person.
bone marrow examination
A method of withdrawing bone marrow through aspiration (biopsy) to study it.
bone marrow harvest
Surgical procedure where doctors remove the bone marrow with a special needle.
bone marrow metastases
Cancer that has spread from the original (primary) tumor to the bone marrow
bone marrow suppression
Decrease of the body’s ability to produce blood cells that are normally produced in the bone marrow.
bone marrow transplant
See also: bone marrow transplantation
bone marrow transplantation
(trans-plan-TAY-shun) A procedure to replace bone marrow that has been destroyed by treatment with high doses of anticancer drugs or radiation. Transplantation may be autologous (an More…
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