National Breast Screening Program
System of inviting all women
between 50 and 65 years old, for a health check for breast cancer. Involves
having a mammogram every three years. See Mammogram.
Type of biopsy. A needle is
put into the area to be examined (for example, a breast lump) and some
cells sucked out. The cells are then looked at under the microscope to
see if any are cancerous.
Sample of tissue taken with
a needle and looked at under a microscope.
Giving chemotherapy before
surgery to try to shrink a cancer and so perform a smaller operation.
A type of white blood cell
that is very important in fighting infection. Your doctor will regularly
measure your neutrophil count if you are having chemotherapy. See Chemotherapy,
Metal that is used in various
industrial processes, for example, to make other metal alloys, in coin
making and in electroplating. Can cause lung cancer. But this is extremely
Heavy sweating that happens
at night for no apparent reason. Can be a symptom of Hodgkin's Disease
or Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. See B Symptoms,
Disease, Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Abnormal leakage of fluid from
Chemicals that are thought
to be carcinogenic (cause cancer). Used in curing meats, so found in bacon,
ham, salami etc.
A group of diseases that are
cancers of the lymphatic system. There are many different types of Non Hodgkin's
Lymphoma. They can be low, intermediate or high grade. They are classified
as different stages depending on how many groups of lymph nodes are involved
and where they are in the body. Treatment depends on grade and stage and
includes radiotherapy, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant and stem cell
transplant. See Bone Marrow Transplant,
Small Cell Lung Cancer
(Non Small Cell)
Name for a group of types of
lung cancer: squamous cell, adenocarcinoma and large cell lung cancers.
These are grouped together because they all respond to roughly the same
treatments and behave in similar ways. See Adenocarcinoma,
Cell Lung Cancer, Small Cell
Lung Cancer, Squamous Cell Cancer.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Loss of feeling.