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Cancer Terminology

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Updated 2007-02-01 18:18

Cancer Terminology

TermDefinition
ablationremoval or destruction of a body part
abscessenclosed collection of pus in tissues, organs, or confined spaces in the body
absorptionprocess of taking nutrients from the digestive system into the blood
achlorhydriaA lack of hydrochloric acid in the digestive juices in the stomach
acuteSymptoms or signs that begin and worsen quickly
adenocarcinomaCancer that begins in cells that line certain internal organs and that have gland-like properties.
adenomaA noncancerous tumor.
adjunct therapyAnother treatment used together with the primary treatment. Its purpose is to assist the primary treatment.
adjuvant therapyTreatment given after the primary treatment to increase the chances of a cure.
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