Part 10: Dictionary
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Ovarian cancer
The pair of organs in females that
make eggs and hormones.
Treatment for symptoms of a disease.
Also called supportive care.
An organ that makes digestive fluids
and chemicals to control blood sugar.
A procedure in which cells are
removed from the cervix (lower part
of the uterus) to be looked at with a
microscope for signs of disease.
Use of a thin tube or needle inserted
through the skin of the belly to remove
a sample of fluid to test for disease.
When some, but not all, signs
and symptoms of cancer have
disappeared after treatment.
The rating the extent of cancer based
on tests after surgery.
A doctor who’s an expert in testing
cells and tissue to find disease.
A document with information about
cancer cells and tissue that were
removed from the body and tested for
signs of disease.
The area between the hip bones.
When menstrual periods become less
frequent leading up to menopause (12
or more months without a menstrual
period) when a woman is no longer
able to have babies.
Area inside the belly area (abdomen)
that contains the abdominal organs
such as the intestines, stomach, and
A special liquid that is tested for
cancer cells after it is used to “wash”
the inside of the belly area called the
The tissue lining the inside of the belly
Cancer that continued to grow and/or
spread during treatment.
A review of the body by a health
expert for signs of disease.
A fake medicine that has no active
Treatment with chemotherapy drugs
that are made with platinum.
Treatment with two or more drugs
when the main chemotherapy drug is
made with platinum.
The cancer doesn’t respond
(doesn’t improve or go away) to
a chemotherapy drug made with