Words to Know
In breast cancer, refers to how mature (developed) the cancer cells are in a tumor. Differentiated tumor cells resemble normal cells and tend to grow and spread at a slower rate than undifferentiated or poorly differentiated tumor cells, which lack the structure and function of normal cells and grow uncontrollably.
An antihistamine medicine sold over the counter under the brand name Benadryl. It is used to treat allergies, and is commonly present in over the counter sleep aids. Diphenhydramine may reduce the effects of tamoxifen, a medicine prescribed to reduce the likelihood of breast cancer recurrence. Talk with your doctor for more information.
Fluid that comes out of the body, sometimes from one or both nipples of the breast. Discharge can be normal or a sign of disease in women, but is a reason to seek medical attention. In men, discharge from the nipples requires medical attention. A second meaning for 'discharge' is the release of an individual from care at a hospital or health care facility.
disease-specific survival rate
The percent of people in a study or treatment group who have not died from a specific disease in a defined period of time. The time period usually begins at the time of diagnosis or at the start of treatment and ends at the time of death. Individuals who died from causes other than the disease being studied are not counted in this measurement.
Also called Taxotere. A medicine used together with other agents to treat certain types of breast cancer, stomach cancer, prostate cancer and certain types of head and neck cancer. It is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. Docetaxel is a type of mitotic inhibitor.