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  • vein

    June 19, 2009 by  
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    A blood vessel carrying blood which is relatively lacking in oxygen from the tissues towards your heart and lungs. Veins are used to draw blood samples and administer IV fluids because blood in veins is not under pressure.

    urinalysis

    June 19, 2009 by  
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    The process by which your urine is examined for various factors.

    varicella

    June 19, 2009 by  
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    Chicken pox, an infection caused by virus. Children with cancer may have a special problem with this infection if they have not had it before.

    urinary tract

    June 19, 2009 by  
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    The organs that have to do with the production and elimination of urine, e.g. kidneys, bladder, ureters, urethra.

    uric acid

    June 19, 2009 by  
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    A chemical which sometimes accumulates in your body when kidney function is impaired. When many malignant cells are rapidly destroyed, uric acid is produced in large quantities.

    unilateral

    June 19, 2009 by  
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    One side of your body.

    ultrasound

    June 19, 2009 by  
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    An imaging method in which high-frequency sound waves are used to outline a part of your body. The procedure can be done to any part of the body – the presence, progression or regression of a tumor or infection can be monitored this way.

    ulcer

    June 19, 2009 by  
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    A wearing away of normal tissues resulting from corrosive chemicals (e.g. acids), infection, impaired circulation or cancerous involvement; can cause bleeding.

    toxins

    June 19, 2009 by  
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    Poisonous substances; may be produced by germs.

    tumor

    June 19, 2009 by  
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    An abnormal lump or mass of tissue. Tumors can be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

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