NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Prostate Cancer
Part 9: Dictionary
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Having an orgasm without ejaculation.
Dual energy X-ray (DEXA)
A test that measures bone strength.
Pain during orgasm.
The tube through which sperm travel
after leaving the testicles.
Swelling of the epididymis.
External beam radiation therapy
Radiation therapy received from a
machine outside the body.
Cancer growth through the prostatic
Use of a thin needle to remove fluid or
tissue from the body.
A passage between two organs that
aren’t normally connected.
Information in cells for building
A score from 1 (best) to 5 (worst)
made by a pathologist based on
the ability of prostate cells to form
glands. The primary grade is the most
common pattern, and the secondary
grade is the second most common
pattern. The two grades are summed
to give a Gleason score.
The grading system for prostate
High-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy
Radioactive objects are removed from
the tumor after the radiation dose has
Treatment that stops the making
or action of hormones in the body;
androgen deprivation therapy.
Image-guided radiation therapy
Radiation therapy that uses imaging
tests during treatment to better target
Treatment that uses the immune
system to fight disease.
Radiation therapy that uses small
beams of different intensities.
Alternating periods of time on and off
A type of radiation therapy that places
radioactive objects in the tumor.
Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy
Removal of the prostate through
several small cuts in the pelvis.
The number of years a person is likely