NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Ovarian Cancer - page 86

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Part 10: Dictionary
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
: Ovarian cancer
Version 1.2013
Invasive implant
Cancer cells that have broken away
from the first tumor and have invaded
(grown into) supporting tissues of
another organ or structure.
Kidneys
A pair of organs that filter blood and
remove waste from the body through
urine.
Laparoscope
A thin, long tube with a light and
camera that is used to see inside the
belly area.
Laparoscopy
Surgery that uses a thin, long tube
with a light and camera, and possibly
tools to remove tissue, inserted
through a small cut in the belly area.
Laparotomy
Surgery with a long, up-and-down cut
through the wall of the abdomen (belly
area).
Large intestine
The organ that prepares unused food
for leaving the body.
Libido
Sexual desire or emotions related
to sex.
Liver
An organ that removes waste from
the blood.
Local anesthesia
A controlled loss of feeling in a small
area of the body due to drugs being
administered to that area, usually
injected with a needle or rubbed on
top of the skin.
Lung
An organ in the body made of airways
and air sacs.
Lymph
A clear fluid containing white blood
cells.
Lymph node
Small groups of special disease-
fighting cells located throughout the
body.
Lymph node dissection
Removal of all groups of disease-
fighting cells from a cluster.
Lymph vessels
Tube-shaped ducts that carry lymph
throughout the body.
Lymphedema
Swelling due to buildup of lymph (a
clear fluid containing white blood
cells).
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
scan
A test that uses radio waves and
powerful magnets to make pictures
of the inside of the body showing the
shape and function of body parts.
Maintenance treatment
Treatment given to continue good
treatment results.
Medical history
All health events and medications
taken to date.
Medical oncologist
A doctor who’s an expert in treating
cancer with drugs.
Menopause
When a woman goes 12 or more
months without menstrual periods and
is no longer able to have babies.
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