Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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exacerbate
Worsen or aggravate.
exatecan mesylate
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called topoisomerase inhibitors. Also called DX-8951f
excision
(ek-SI-zhun) Removal by surgery
excisional biopsy
(ek-SI-zhun-al BY-op-see) A surgical procedure in which an entire lump or suspicious area is removed for diagnosis. The tissue is then examined under a microscope
excisional surgery
Taking of a suspected lesion plus a margin of normal tissue around the lesion in the hopes of removing the entire lesion and any small cells of the lesion
exemestane
An anticancer drug used to decrease estrogen production and suppress the growth of estrogen-dependent tumors
exenteration
Surgical removal of the organs within a body cavity
exisulind
A drug that is being studied in the treatment and prevention of cancer. It has been shown to cause apoptosis (cell death) in cancerous and precancerous cells by acting through a group of More…
exocrine pancreas cell
A pancreatic cell that produces enzymes that are secreted into the small intestine. These enzymes help digest food as it passes through the gastrointestinal tract
expanded access trial
A way to provide an investigational therapy to a patient who is not eligible to receive that therapy in a clinical trial, but who has a serious or life-threatening illness for which other More…
expectant therapy
Involves no immediate treatment if the cancer is not causing any symptoms, is expected to grow very slowly, and is small and contained within one area. aka: watch and wait
experimental
In clinical trials, refers to a drug (including a new drug, dose, combination, or route of administration) or procedure that has undergone basic laboratory testing and received approval More…
EXRT
external beam radiotherapy
exstrophy
Derived from the Greek word ekstriphein, which means to turn inside out.
extensive-stage small cell lung cancer
Cancer that has spread outside the lung to other tissues in the chest or to other parts of the body
external radiation
(ray-dee-AY-shun) Radiation therapy that uses a machine to aim high-energy rays at the cancer. Also called external-beam radiation
external-beam radiation
Radiation therapy that uses a machine to aim high-energy rays at the cancer. Also called external radiation
extrahepatic
(extra-heh-PAT-ik) Located or occurring outside the liver
extramedullary
Located or occurring outside any medulla, especially the medulla oblongata
extraosseous Ewing's sarcoma
Soft tissue variant of Ewing's sarcoma. It is found in tissue outside of the bone.
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