Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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peripheral stem cell support
(per-IF-er-al) A method of replacing blood-forming cells destroyed by cancer treatment. Immature blood cells (stem cells) in the circulating blood that are similar to those in the bone More…
peripheral stem cell transplantation
(per-IF-er-al) A method of replacing blood-forming cells destroyed by cancer treatment. Immature blood cells (stem cells) in the circulating blood that are similar to those in the bone More…
periprostatic
Near the prostate
peristalsis
(pair-ih-STAL-sis) The rippling motion of muscles in the intestine or other tubular organs characterized by the alternate contraction and relaxation of the muscles that propel the contents More…
peritoneal
Having to do with the peritoneum (the tissue that lines the abdominal wall and covers most of the organs in the abdomen)
peritoneal cancer
Cancers that originate in tissues of the peritoneum.
peritoneal carcinomatosis
Condition in which any form of cancer is spread widely throughout the peritoneal cavity. aka: peritoneal carcinosis
peritoneal cavity
The space within the abdomen that contains the intestines, the stomach, and the liver. It is bound by thin membranes
peritoneal perfusion
A method of delivering fluids and drugs directly to tumors in the peritoneal cavity
peritoneum
(PAIR-ih-toe-NEE-um) The tissue that lines the abdominal wall and covers most of the organs in the abdomen
perivesical
Occurring around the bladder.
pernicious anemia
(per-NISH-us a-NEE-mee-a) A type of anemia (low red blood cell count) caused by the body's inability to absorb vitamin B12
pertuzumab
(per-TOO-zoo-mab) A monoclonal antibody that is being studied in the treatment of cancer. Monoclonal antibodies are produced in the laboratory and can locate and bind to cancer cells
PET
positron emmission tomography ◊ pancreatic endocrine tumor
PET scan
Positron emission tomography scan. A procedure in which a small amount of radioactive glucose (sugar) is injected into a vein, and a scanner is used to make detailed, computerized pictures More…
petechiae
(peh-TEH-kee-a) Pinpoint, unraised, round red spots under the skin caused by bleeding
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