Medical Glossary
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Day 0 A stem cell transplant term used to note the day of the infusion of the stem cells.
Debulk A term for removing as much of the tumor as possible by either surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatment which would make followup treatments more successful.
Diagnosis The name of the disease or condition.
Dialysis See Hemodialysis
Dipstick Urine A urine sample is collected to evaluate for the prescence of blood or protein.
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) A person’s genetic blueprint found in the nucleus or “command center” of the cell. DNA contains the information on cell growth, division and function. It is the abnormal changes in the DNA that promote cancer cells to grow.
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) This order tells the medical staff not to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). CPR is used when the heart stops beating. It is helpful to decide about CPR before you need it. A doctor will review this with each patient when they are admitted into the hospital. A doctor will not write a DNR order without talking to the patient and the family. It is important to note that patients will still receive all the medical care that you need even if there is a DNR order.
Drug Resistance The ability of a cancer cell to resist the drug.
Dysphagia Pain or difficulty when swallowing.
Dysplasia Abnormally appearing cells.
Dyspnea Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath.
Dysuria Pain when passing urine.