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Part 10: Dictionary
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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: Ovarian cancer
Version 1.2013
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Transabdominal ultrasound
A type of test that uses sound waves
to take pictures of the inside of the
body with the use of a special tool
glided across the skin of the belly
area.
Transducer
A hand-held tool that bounces sound
waves off organs and tissue in a
certain area to make pictures of the
inside of the body.
Transvaginal ultrasound
A type of test that uses sound waves
to take pictures of the inside of the
body with the use of a special tool
inserted through the vagina.
Treatment plan
A written course of action through
cancer treatment and beyond.
Treatment response
Outcome or improvement related
to treatment.
Tumor
An overgrowth of cells.
Tumor marker
A substance found in body tissue or
fluid that may be a sign of cancer.
Ultrasound
A test that uses sound waves to take
pictures of the inside of the body. Also
called ultrasonography.
Undifferentiated
One of five cell subtypes of ovarian
cancer based on how the cells look
when viewed with a microscope.
Unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
(USO)
Surgery that removes one ovary
(organ that makes eggs and
hormones) and one Fallopian tube
(organ that eggs travel through from
the ovary to the uterus). Also called
fertility-sparing surgery.
Uterus
The female organ where babies grow
during pregnancy.
Vagina
A hollow, muscular tube at the base
of a woman’s uterus (where babies
grow during pregnancy) through which
babies are born.
Vein
A tube that carries blood to the heart
from tissues and organs in the body.
X-ray
Use of small amounts of radiation
to make pictures of organs and
structures inside the body.
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