Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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dermatitis
Inflammation of the skin
dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
DER-ma-toe-FI-bro-sar-KO-ma pro-TOO-ber-anz) A type of tumor that begins as a hard nodule and grows slowly. These tumors are usually found in the dermis (the inner layer of the two main More…
dermatologist
der-ma-TAH-lo-jist) A doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin problems
dermis
(DER-mis) The lower or inner layer of the two main layers of tissue that make up the skin
DES
Diethylstilbestrol (dye-ETH-ul-stil-BES-trol). A synthetic form of the hormone estrogen that was prescribed to pregnant women between about 1940 and 1971 because it was thought to prevent More…
DES
diethylstilbestrol
desmoid tumor
A tumor of the tissue that surrounds muscles, usually in the abdomen. A desmoid tumor rarely metastasizes (spreads to other parts of the body). Also called aggressive fibromatosis, More…
desmoplastic
Causing or forming adhesions or fibrous connective tissue within a tumor
desmoplastic infantile ganglioglioma
Childhood that is characteristically a single-sided brain tumor with three types of cells involved - cysts, soft tissue, and nodular.
desmoplastic melanoma
A rare form of malignant melanoma marked by nonpigmented lesions on sun-exposed areas of the body, most commonly on the head and neck
desmoplastic small round cell tumor
dez-mo-PLAS-tik...) A rare, aggressive cancer that usually affects young males and usually is located in the abdomen
desquamation
Peeling of the skin sometimes seen as an effect of radiation therapy
dexamethasone
A synthetic steroid (similar to steroid hormones produced naturally in the adrenal gland). Dexamethasone is used to treat leukemia and lymphoma and may be used to treat some of the problems More…
dexmethylphenidate
A substance that is being studied in the treatment of fatigue and nervous system side effects caused by chemotherapy. It belongs to the family of drugs called central nervous system More…
dexrazoxane
A drug used to protect the heart from the toxic effects of anthracycline drugs such as doxorubicin. It belongs to the family of drugs called chemoprotective agents
dextroamphetamine-amphetamine
A combination of drugs that is used as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy (a sleep disorder). It belongs to the family of drugs called More…
dextromethorphan acetic acid
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called angiogenesis inhibitors
DFI
disease free interval
DFMO
Difluoromethylornithine. A substance that is being studied in the treatment of cancer
DFS
disease free survival
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