Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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vinca alkaloid
An anticancer drug that inhibits cancer cell growth by stopping cell division. It is also called an antimitotic or antimicrotubule agent, or a mitotic inhibitor
vincristine
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of plant drugs called vinca alkaloids
vindesine
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of plant drugs called vinca alkaloids
vinorelbine
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of plant drugs called vinca alkaloids
vinyl chloride
(VINE-uhl KLOR-ide) A substance used to make plastics. Exposure to vinyl chloride may increase the risk of developing liver, brain, and lung cancers; lymphoma; and leukemia
VIP
cisplatin, etoposide, ifosfamide, and mesna
viral
Having to do with a virus
viral vector
A type of virus used in cancer therapy. The virus is changed in the laboratory and cannot cause disease. Viral vectors produce tumor antigens (proteins found on a tumor cell) and can More…
virtual colonoscopy
(ko-lun-AHS-ko-pee) A method under study to examine the colon by taking a series of x-rays (called a CT scan) and using a high-powered computer to reconstruct 2-D and 3-D pictures of the More…
virulence
The ability of a microorganism to cause damage to its host
virulent
Refers to the ability of a virus or a bacterium to cause damage to its host
Virulizin
A substance that activates some types of immune system cells, and is being studied as a treatment for cancer. It belongs to the family of drugs called biological therapy agents
virus
(VYE-rus) A microorganism that can infect cells and cause disease
virus replication cycle
The reproduction cycle of viruses. A replication cycle begins with the infection of a host cell and ends with the release of mature progeny virus particles
virus-neutralizing antibody
An antibody that binds to a virus and interferes with its ability to infect a cell
viscera
The soft internal organs of the body, including the lungs, the heart, and the organs of the digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems
visceral
Having to do with the viscera, which are the soft internal organs of the body, including the lungs, the heart, and the organs of the digestive, excretory, reproductive, and circulatory More…
viscotoxin
A member of a group of small proteins produced by mistletoe plants that are able to kill cells and may stimulate the immune system
visilizumab
A monoclonal antibody that binds to CD3 (a substance found on T-cells) and that is being studied as a treatment for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). It belongs to the family of drugs More…
visual pathway glioma
A rare, slow-growing tumor of the eye
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