NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia, Version 1.2017
The body’s natural defense against illness.
A protein made by white blood cells that helps fight off
infection. Also called an antibody.
A test of cancer cells to find specific cell traits involved in
abnormal cell growth.
A type of drug that modifies some parts of the body’s
Organ that removes waste from the blood and helps to
A controlled loss of feeling in a small area of the body
caused by drugs.
A clear fluid containing white blood cells.
Small groups of special disease-fighting cells located
throughout the body.
Tube-shaped ducts that carry lymph throughout the body.
A network in the body that collects and transports a fluid
(lymph) and fights germs.
A type of white blood cell that helps protect the body from
Cancer that begins in white blood cells called lymphocytes
that are within the lymphatic system.
Cells that have features of both lymphocytes and plasma
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
A test that uses radio waves and powerful magnets to make
pictures of the insides of the body.
The spread of cancer cells from the first tumor to another
All health events and medications taken to date.
Man-made antibodies that attach proteins on cancer cells.
A doctor who’s an expert in testing cells to find disease.
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.
A type of drug used for short-term loss of feeling or
awareness in a part of the body without loss of wakefulness.
A drug that helps a person to relax or go to sleep.
An unplanned physical or emotional response to treatment.
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.
A drug used to reduce redness, swelling, and pain, but also
to kill cancer cells.
Drugs that stop the growth process that is specific to cancer
One of three types of a white blood cell called a lymphocyte.
A gland located in the throat, just beneath the voice box.