Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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hematopoiesis
The forming of new blood cells
hematopoietic growth factor
A group of proteins that causes blood cells to grow and mature
hematopoietic tissue
Tissue in which new blood cells are formed
hematoporphyrin derivative
A drug used in photodynamic therapy that is absorbed by tumor cells. When exposed to light, it becomes active and kills the cancer cells
hematuria
Presence of blood in the urine
hemilaryngectomy
(HEM-ee-LAIR-in-JEK-tuh-mee) An operation to remove one side of the larynx (voicebox)
hemoglobin
(HE-muh-GLOW-bun) The substance inside red blood cells that binds to oxygen and carries it from the lungs to the tissues
hemophilia
Group of hereditary disorders in which affected individuals fail to make enough of certain proteins needed to form blood clots
hemorrhoid
(HEM-uh-roid) An enlarged or swollen blood vessel, usually located near the anus or the rectum
heparin
A drug that helps prevent blood clots from forming. It belongs to the family of drugs called anticoagulants (blood thinners)
hepatectomy
Surgery to remove all or part of the liver
hepatic
Refers to the liver
hepatic arterial infusion
A procedure to deliver chemotherapy directly to the liver. Catheters are put into an artery in the groin that leads directly to the liver, and drugs are given through the catheters
hepatic artery
The major blood vessel that carries blood to the liver
hepatic chemotherapy
see: hepatic arterial infusion
hepatic portal vein
A short blood vessel that carries blood to the liver from the stomach and intestine
hepatic veno-occlusive disease
A condition in which some of the veins in the liver are blocked. It is sometimes a complication of high-dose chemotherapy given before a bone marrow transplant and is marked by increases in More…
hepatitis
(hep-a-TYE-tis) Disease of the liver causing inflammation. Symptoms include an enlarged liver, fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and dark urine
hepatitis B virus
A virus that causes hepatitis (inflammation of the liver). It is carried and passed to others through blood or sexual contact. Also, infants born to infected mothers may become infected More…
hepatitis C
A virus that causes hepatitis (inflammation of the liver). It is carried and passed to others through blood or sexual contact. Also, infants born to infected mothers may become infected More…
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