NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Part 11: A cancer dictionary
Drugs that damage the instructions in
cancer cells so they can’t grow and
The growth of new blood vessels
inside a cancerous tumor that is
crucial to the growth of tumors.
Cell death as a result of instructions
that are built into the cell’s genetic
code. Also called programmed cell
A liquid containing barium sulfate (a
silver-white metallic substance) that
is swallowed to coat and outline the
walls of the esophagus and the upper
GI tract so that they can be seen on
Soft tissue found in the center of most
bones where blood cells are formed.
Bone marrow aspiration or biopsy
The removal of a small amount of
liquid bone marrow or solid bone
marrow tissue to examine for disease.
Bone marrow transplant
Procedure that gives blood or bone
marrow stem cells intravenously to
restore cells that have been destroyed
by cancer or its treatment.
Central nervous system (CNS)
The brain and spinal cord.
Central venous catheter (CVC)
A thin, flexible tube that is placed into
a vein in the upper arm, neck, thigh,
or below the collarbone.
Cancer of the cervix, the structure that
connects the uterus and vagina.
Drugs that kill all cells that grow
rapidly, including cancer cells and
Cancer that develops in the colon
(digestive organ that changes eaten
food from liquid into solid form) and/or
Computed tomography (CT) scan
A test that uses x-rays from many
angles to make a picture of the inside
of the body.
A dye put into your body to make
clearer pictures during imaging tests.
Mixture of sperm and other fluids
released through the penis during
orgasm. Also called semen.
A fertilized egg that has been dividing
and growing for up to 8 weeks.
Use of a thin, flexible tube with a
light and camera at the end to look
inside the body and take small tissue
samples to test for disease.
Proteins that speed up chemical
reactions in the body.
Surgery that removes the entire tumor
to test for cancer cells.
External beam radiation therapy
Radiation therapy received from a
machine outside the body.
The ability to become pregnant and
have a baby.