Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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hydantoin
Any of a group of anticonvulsant drugs used in treating epilepsy
hydration
Combining with water
hydrazine sulfate
A substance that has been studied as a treatment for cancer and as a treatment for cachexia (body wasting) associated with advanced cancer
hydrocephalus
(hye-dro-SEF-uh-lus) The abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain
hydrocortisone
A drug used to relieve the symptoms of certain hormone shortages and to suppress an immune response
hydrogen peroxide
A chemical used in bleaches, dyes, cleansers, antiseptics, and disinfectants. In a concentrated form, it is toxic and irritating to tissues
hydrolysis
A chemical reaction that uses water to break down a compound
hydromorphone
A drug used to relieve pain
hydronephrosis
Abnormal enlargement of a kidney, which may be caused by blockage of the ureter (such as by a kidney stone) or chronic kidney disease that prevents urine from draining into the bladder
hydroureter
Abnormal enlargement of the ureter caused by any blockage that prevents urine from draining into the bladder
hydroxychloroquine
A substance that decreases immune responses in the body. It is used to treat some autoimmune diseases, and is being studied as a treatment for graft-versus-host disease. Hydroxychloroquine More…
hydroxyurea
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called antimetabolites
hyperbaric oxygen
Oxygen that is at an atmospheric pressure higher than the pressure at sea level. Breathing hyperbaric oxygen to enhance the effectiveness of radiation therapy is being studied
hypercalcemia
(hye-per-kal-SEE-mee-a) Abnormally high blood calcium
hyperfractionation
A way of giving radiation therapy in smaller-than-usual doses two or three times a day instead of once a day
hyperglycemia
Abnormally high blood sugar
hypericum perforatum
St. John's wort. An herbal product sold as an over-the-counter treatment for depression. It is being studied for its ability to lessen certain side effects of cancer treatment
hypernephroma
(HYE-per-neh-FRO-ma) The most common type of kidney cancer. It begins in the lining of the renal tubules in the kidney. The renal tubules filter the blood and produce urine. Also called More…
hyperplasia
(hye-per-PLAY-zha) An abnormal increase in the number of cells in an organ or tissue
hyperplastic
Pertaining to, or characterized by, hyperplasia
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