NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Follicular Lymphoma Grade 1-2
57 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Follicular Lymphoma, Grade 1–2, 2017 Dictionary lymph vessel Tube-shaped ducts that carry lymph throughout the body. lymphatic system A network in the body that collects and transports a fluid (lymph) and fights germs. lymphocyte A type of white blood cell that helps protect the body from illness. lymphoma Cancer that begins in white blood cells called lymphocytes that are within the lymphatic system. maintenance treatment Extra treatment given to prolong the good effects of prior treatment. medical history All health events and medications taken to date. monoclonal antibody Man-made antibodies that attach to proteins on cancer cells. multi-gated acquisition (MUGA) scan A test of the heart that uses radiation to make pictures. natural killer (NK) cell One of three types of a white blood cell called a lymphocyte. observation A period of testing for changes in cancer status while not receiving a specific treatment. pathologist A doctor who’s an expert in testing cells to find disease. performance status A rating of one’s ability to do daily activities. physical exam A review of the body by a health expert for signs of disease. positron emission tomography (PET) A test that uses radioactive material to see the shape and function of body parts. positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) A test that uses radioactive material and x-rays to view the shape and function of organs and tissues. proton therapy Radiation therapy that uses protons to treat a disease. Also called hadron therapy. quantitative immunoglobulin A test that measures the amount of different types of antibodies in the blood. radiation therapy The use of radiation to treat cancer. radioimmunotherapy A treatment that attaches to cancer cells then releases radiation. regional anesthesia A type of drug used for short-term loss of feeling or awareness in a part of the body without loss of wakefulness. sedative A drug that helps a person to relax or go to sleep. serum protein electrophoresis (SPEP) A test that measures how many types of antibodies are present. side effect An unplanned physical or emotional response to treatment. spleen An organ to the left of the stomach that helps protect the body from disease. stem cell transplant A cancer treatment that destroys bone marrow then replaces it by adding healthy blood stem cells. steroid A drug used to reduce redness, swelling, and pain, but also to kill cancer cells. Also known as a corticosteroid. supportive care Treatment for the symptoms or health conditions caused by cancer or cancer treatment. targeted therapy Drugs that stop the growth process that is specific to cancer cells. T-cell One of three types of a white blood cell called a lymphocyte.