Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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reaction
Bodily process occurring due to the effect of some foregoing stimulus or agent
rebeccamycin
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called antineoplastic antibiotics
receptor
A molecule inside or on the surface of a cell that binds to a specific substance and causes a specific physiologic effect in the cell
recombinant
Made through genetic engineering, which is also called gene splicing or recombinant DNA technology. By putting animal or plant genes into the genetic material of bacteria or yeast cells, More…
reconstructive surgeon
A doctor who can surgically reshape or rebuild (reconstruct) a part of the body, such as a woman's breast after surgery for breast cancer
reconstructive surgery
Surgery that is done to reshape or rebuild (reconstruct) a part of the body changed by previous surgery
rectal
By or having to do with the rectum. The rectum is the last several inches of the large intestine and ends at the anus
rectum
The last several inches of the large intestine and ends at the anus
recur
To occur again
recurrence
The return of cancer, at the same site as the original (primary) tumor or in another location, after the tumor had disappeared
recurrent cancer
Cancer that has returned after a period of time during which the cancer could not be detected. The cancer may come back to the same site as the original (primary) tumor or to another place More…
red blood cell
RBC. A cell that carries oxygen to all parts of the body. Also called an erythrocyte
red clover
Trifolium pratense . A plant whose flowers have been used in some cultures to treat certain medical problems. It is being studied in the relief of menopausal symptoms and may have More…
red date
The fruit of the jujube plant. It has been used in some cultures to treat certain medical problems
red elm
Ulmus fulva or Ulmus rubra . The inner bark of this plant has been used in some cultures to treat certain medical problems. It may have antioxidant effects. Also called slippery elm, gray More…
Reed-Sternberg cell
A type of cell that appears in people with Hodgkin's disease. The number of these cells increases as the disease advances
reflux
The term used when liquid backs up into the esophagus from the stomach
refractory
In medicine, describes a disease or condition that does not respond to treatment
refractory cancer
Cancer that has not responded to treatment
regimen
A treatment plan that specifies the dosage, the schedule, and the duration of treatment
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