Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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palpation
Examination by pressing on the surface of the body to feel the organs or tissues underneath
pamidronate
A drug that belongs to the family of drugs called bisphosphonates. Pamidronate is used as treatment for abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood
panacea
A cure-all
Pancoast's tumor
Non-small cell lung cancer that originates in the upper portion of the lung and extends to other nearby tissues such as the ribs and vertebrae. Also called a pulmonary sulcus tumor
pancreas
A glandular organ located in the abdomen. It makes pancreatic juices, which contain enzymes that aid in digestion, and it produces several hormones, including insulin. The pancreas is More…
pancreatectomy
(pan-kree-a-TEK-toe-mee) Surgery to remove all or part of the pancreas. In a total pancreatectomy, part of the stomach, part of the small intestine, the common bile duct, gallbladder, More…
pancreatic
Having to do with the pancreas
pancreatic cancer
A disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the tissues of the pancreas. Also called exocrine cancer
pancreatic duct
Part of a system of ducts in the pancreas. Pancreatic juices containing enzymes are released into these ducts and flow into the small intestine
pancreatic enzyme
A protein secreted by the pancreas that aids in the digestion of food
pancreatic juice
Fluid made by the pancreas. Pancreatic juices contain proteins called enzymes that aid in digestion
pancreatitis
Inflammation of the pancreas. Chronic pancreatitis may cause diabetes and problems with digestion. Pain is the primary symptom
panendoscopy
Procedure that allows the physician to examine the lining of the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract (i.e. the esophagus, stomach and duodenum). This involves the passage of a tube by More…
PAP
Prostatic acid phosphatase. An enzyme produced by the prostate. It may be found in increased amounts in men who have prostate cancer
PAP
prostatic acid phosphatase
Pap smear
The collection of cells from the cervix for examination under a microscope. It is used to detect changes that may be cancer or may lead to cancer, and can show noncancerous conditions, such More…
Pap test
The collection of cells from the cervix for examination under a microscope. It is used to detect changes that may be cancer or may lead to cancer, and can show noncancerous conditions, such More…
papilla
Small projection of tissue at the base of a hair or tooth or feather
papillae
Small nipplelike projection.
papillary
Of or relating to or resembling papilla
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