Cancer dictionary of words, acronyms, abbreviations, & medical terms.
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septicemia
Disease caused by the spread of bacteria and their toxins in the bloodstream. Also called blood poisoning
sequential treatment
One treatment after the other
SERM
Selective estrogen receptor modulator. A drug that acts like estrogen on some tissues but blocks the effect of estrogen on other tissues. Tamoxifen and raloxifene are SERMs
serotonin
A hormone found in the brain, platelets, digestive tract, and pineal gland. It acts both as a neurotransmitter (a substance that nerves use to send messages to one another) and a More…
serous
(SEER-us) Having to do with serum, the clear liquid part of blood
serous
Producing or containing serum, ie., a serous gland or cyst
Sertoli Leydig cell tumors
1. Sertoli cells in the male gonads, provide nourishment to the sperm cells. The Leydig cells secrete the male sex hormone testosterone. In men, some testicular cancers can arise in the More…
sertraline
A drug that is used to treat depression. It belongs to the family of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Also called Zoloft®
serum
The clear liquid part of the blood that remains after blood cells and clotting proteins have been removed
serum albumin
The main protein in blood plasma. Low levels of serum albumin occur in people with malnutrition, inflammation, and serious liver and kidney disease
serum tumor marker test
A blood test that measures the amount of substances called tumor markers (or biomarkers). Tumor markers are released into the blood by tumor cells or by other cells in response to tumor More…
sesquiterpene lactone
A substance found in some plants. Sesquiterpene lactones may have anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects. Plants containing sesquiterpene lactones have been used in some cultures to treat More…
sessile
Permanently attached to a surface
SETTLE
spindle epithelial tumor with thymus-like differentiation
settle
spindle epithelial tumor with thymus-like differentiation - rare thyroid tumor, found in children and young adults, thought to be derived from branchial pouch remnants or foci of ectopic More…
severe myelosuppression
Severe reduction in the numbers of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in the bone marrow. Severe myelosuppression is a side effect of some cancer treatments. Also called More…
SFT
"solitary fibrous tumor, malignant"
SGC
salivary gland carcinoma
SGN-00101
A substance that is being studied in the prevention of cancer. It belongs to the family of drugs called fusion proteins
SGN-15
A substance that combines a monoclonal antibody with the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin. The monoclonal antibody helps deliver doxorubicin directly to tumor cells. SGN-15 belongs to the More…
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