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28May, 2014

Active Surveillance

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Closely monitoring a patient diagnosed with prostate cancer prior to some future possible treatment. Similar to “watchful waiting,” monitoring typically involves annual biopsies and quarterly PSA blood tests. Treatment is undertaken when the biopsy results worsen, PSA rises or the patient decides he wants to pursue treatment.
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28May, 2014

Adenocarcinoma

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A cancer originating in glandular tissue. Prostate cancer is classified as adenocarcinoma of the prostate.
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29May, 2014

Adjuvant

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An additional treatment used to increase the effectiveness of the primary therapy. Radiation therapy and hormonal therapy are often used as adjuvant treatments following a radical prostatectomy.
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29May, 2014

Agonist

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A chemical substance that combines with a receptor on a cell and initiates an activity or reaction. See LHRH analogs.
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29May, 2014

Algorithm

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A step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end, especially by a computer.
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29May, 2014

Analog

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A synthetic version of a drug or one of the body”s chemicals.
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