Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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mean
A statistics term. The average value in a set of measurements. The mean is the sum of a set of numbers divided by how many numbers are in the set
mean survival time
The average time that patients in a clinical study remained alive. The time is measured beginning either at diagnosis or the start of treatment
measurable disease
A tumor that can be accurately measured in size. This information can be used to judge response to treatment
meatus
Natural body passageway
mechlorethamine
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called alkylating agents
medial supraclavicular lymph node
A lymph node located above the collar bone and between the center of the body and a line drawn through the nipple to the shoulder
median
A statistics term. The middle value in a set of measurements
median sternotomy
Surgical procedure in which a vertical inline incision is made along the sternum to allow the surgeon to divide the sternum for easier surgical access to the heart of lungs areas.
median survival time
The time from either diagnosis or treatment at which half of the patients with a given disease are found to be, or expected to be, still alive. In a clinical trial, median survival time is More…
mediastinal pleura
The thin membrane that lines the chest cavity in the area between the lungs
mediastinoscopy
(MEE-dee-a-stin-AHS-ko-pee) A procedure in which a tube is inserted into the chest to view the organs in the area between the lungs and nearby lymph nodes. The tube is inserted through an More…
mediastinum
(mee-dee-a-STYE-num) The area between the lungs. The organs in this area include the heart and its large blood vessels, the trachea, the esophagus, the bronchi, and lymph nodes
medical castration
Refers to the use of drugs to suppress the function of the ovaries or testicles
medical oncologist
(MED-i-kul on-KOL-o-jist) A doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and biological therapy. A medical oncologist often is the main More…
meditation
Continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature
medroxyprogesterone
A hormonal anticancer drug that is also used in cancer prevention. It belongs to the family of drugs called progestins
medulla
Medulla oblongata: lower or hindmost part of the brain; continuous with spinal cord.
medullary
Of or relating to the medulla of any body part
medullary breast carcinoma
(MED-yoo-LAIR-ee) A rare type of breast cancer that often can be treated successfully. It is marked by lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) in and around the tumor that can be seen when More…
medullary thyroid cancer
(MED-yoo-LAIR-ee) Cancer that develops in C cells of the thyroid. The C cells make a hormone (calcitonin) that helps maintain a healthy level of calcium in the blood
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