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stavudine
A drug that belongs to the family of drugs called nucleoside analogs. It is used to treat infection caused by viruses
stellate
Star shaped
stem cell
A cell from which other types of cells can develop
stem cell factor
A drug that is being studied for its ability to increase the number of stem cells in the blood
stem cell support therapy
Enrichment of the stem cells to increase the number circulating in the blood. Usually used after intensive chemotherapy has been used to destroy cells.
stem cell transplantation
A method of replacing immature blood-forming cells that were destroyed by cancer treatment. The stem cells are given to the person after treatment to help the bone marrow recover and More…
stem cells
Blood cells that produce other blood cells
stent
A device placed in a body structure (such as a blood vessel or the gastrointestinal tract) to provide support and keep the structure open
stereotactic biopsy
(STAIR-ee-o-TAK-tik BY-op-see) A biopsy procedure that uses a computer and a three-dimensional scanning device to find a tumor site and guide the removal of tissue for examination under a More…
stereotactic external-beam radiation
A radiation therapy technique for brain tumors that uses a rigid head frame attached to the skull. The frame is used to help aim high-dose radiation beams directly at the tumors and not at More…
stereotactic injection
A procedure in which a computer and a 3-dimensional scanning device are used to inject anticancer drugs directly into a tumor
stereotactic radiation therapy
(STAIR-ee-o-TAK-tik ray-dee-AY-shun) A radiation therapy technique for brain tumors that uses a rigid head frame that is attached to the skull. The frame is used to help aim high-dose More…
stereotactic radiosurgery
(STAIR-ee-o-TAK-tik) A radiation therapy technique for brain tumors that uses a rigid head frame that is attached to the skull. The frame is used to help aim high-dose radiation beams More…
stereotaxic radiosurgery
A radiation therapy technique for brain tumors that uses a rigid head frame that is attached to the skull. The frame is used to help aim high-dose radiation beams directly at the tumors and More…
stereotaxis
(stair-ee-o-TAK-sis) Use of a computer and scanning devices to create three-dimensional pictures. This method can be used to direct a biopsy, external radiation, or the insertion of More…
sterile
Unable to produce children
steroid
(STAIR-oyd) A type of drug used to relieve swelling and inflammation
steroid therapy
Treatment with corticosteroid drugs to reduce swelling, pain, and other symptoms of inflammation
STI571
A drug that is being studied for its ability to inhibit the growth of certain cancers. It interferes with a portion of the protein produced by the bcr/abl oncogene. Also called Gleevec and More…
STI571
"antimetabolite - imatinib (53gleevic, Glivec)"
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