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lymphatic system

A network of capillaries ducts and nodes that removes excess fluid from tissues, absorbs fatty acids and transports fat, and produces immune cells….

malignant

Cancerous. Malignant cells spread and can eventually cause death if they are not treated….

margin

When a malignant tumour is surgically removed some surrounding tissue will be removed with it. If this surrounding tissue does not contain any cancer cells it is said to be a clear margin….

melanocyte

One of the three types of cells that make up the skin’s epidermis. Melanocytes produce melanin….

Mohs’ surgery

A specialised surgical procedure for removing skin cancers little by little until only healthy cells remain. Also called microscopically controlled excision….

sputum cytology test

Examination of sputum under a microscope to look for cancer cells….

Pap smear (Pap test)

A test in which cervical cells are removed and sent to a laboratory for examination….

primary cancer

The original cancer. Cells from the primary cancer may break away and be carried to other parts of the body, where secondary cancers may form….

prostate specific antigen (PSA)

A protein produced by prostate cells. It may indicate prostate cancer and can be used to monitor its recurrence post treatment….

radiofrequency ablation

A treatment that uses radio waves to heat and destroy cancer cells….