Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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obese
An abnormally high, unhealthy amount of body fat
obesity
Overweight by 30 percent of the ideal body weight
objective improvement
An improvement that can be measured by the health care provider (for example, a decrease in pain can be measured by how much pain medicine the patient is taking)
objective response
A measurable response
oblimersen
A drug that may kill cancer cells by blocking the production of a protein that makes cancer cells live longer. Also called bcl-2 antisense oligodeoxynucleotide G3139 and augmerosen
observation
Closely monitoring a patient's condition but withholding treatment until symptoms appear or change. Also called watchful waiting
observational study
A type of study in which individuals are observed or certain outcomes are measured. No attempt is made to affect the outcome (for example, no treatment is given)
obstruction
Blockage of a passageway
obtundation
(ob-tun-DAY-shun) A dulled or reduced level of alertness or consciousness
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