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Glossary for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

  • Bronchiectasis: Chronic bronchiole dilation from secretions and blockages.
  • Cancer: Abnormal overgrowth of body cells.
  • Chest conditions: Any condition affecting the chest
  • Chronic Bronchitis: Chronic bronchitis is a chronic inflammation of the bronchi (medium-size airways) in the lungs.
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Emphysema: Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is defined as an abnormal, permanent enlargement of the air spaces distal to the terminal bronchioles accompanied by destruction of their walls and without obvious fibrosis.
  • Facial swelling: Facial swelling is bloating of the face.
  • HIV/AIDS: HIV is a sexually transmitted virus and AIDS is the progressive immune failure that HIV causes.
  • Hemoptysis: A condition which is characterized by the coughing up of blood or blood stained sputum
  • Hoarse: Hoarseness or loss of voice
  • Human carcinogen -- Asbestos: Asbestos is deemed to be carcinogenic to humans. The carcinogenicity of the substance may be influenced by the nature (e.g. inhalation, ingestion, skin contact), duration and level of exposure.
  • Lung abscess: Pus (abscess) in the lung
  • Lung cancer: Lung cancer is a disease of uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. This growth may lead to metastasis, which is the invasion of adjacent tissue and infiltration beyond the lungs. Most lung tumors are malignant.
  • Lung conditions: Various conditions affecting the lungs or related airways.
  • Metastatic cancer: Any cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.
  • Neck swelling: Swelling in or around the neck
  • Persistent cough: The noise produced from the sudden expulsion of air from the lungs
  • Respiratory conditions: Any condition that affects the respiratory system
  • Respiratory system tumors:
  • Shortness of breath: The feeling of being short of breath
  • Smoking: The smoking of cigarettes
  • Tuberculosis: Bacterial infection causing nodules forming, most commonly in the lung.
  • Wheezing: A whistling like continuous sound that is caused by the respiratory system

 

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