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When talking about cancer with your health care team, you may hear medical terms that you do not recognize. However, it is important to understand them so that you can make informed decisions about your cancer treatment. Ask your doctor or other health care team member for a simpler explanation when you don’t understand something. It may also be helpful to use the links below, which provide definitions to commonly used medical terms related to cancer.
This article defines basic oncology terms, including those used in the detection of cancer.
This article defines cancer terms that you may hear your doctor use when you are being treated for cancer.
This article defines cancer terms that you may hear your doctor use once you have finished treatment.
This article defines statistics terms used in cancer research.
Links to medical dictionary websites.