: Treatment of symptoms by applying pressure with the fingers to specific pressure points on the body. Acupuncture: A procedure used in which specific body areas are pierced with fine needles for therapeutic purposes or to relieve pain or produce regional anesthesia.
Emotional need for pain medication because of the feeling that is received from the medicine. Advanced cancer: Cancer is said to be “advanced” when it is unlikely to be eradicated by treatment.
Advanced care directive
: Legal documents in which you give written instructions about your health care if, in the future, you cannot speak for yourself. Alternative therapies: Are used instead of conventional treatment. These therapies may be harmful if people with cancer delay or stop using conventional treatment in favour of them.
: A drug that stops a person from feeling pain during a medical procedure. Analgesic: A drug used to relieve pain. Anaemia: Lower-than-normal number of red cells in the blood. Antibiotic: Medication used to fight germs or bacteria that cause infection.
: Medication used to stop or help prevent nausea and vomiting, common side-effects of some chemotherapy.
: Uneasy feeling, or a feeling of apprehension.
: Not cancerous, not malignant.
: Learning to control muscles to help control pain with the help of a licensed technician.
: The removal of a small amount of tissue from the body, for examination under a microscope, to help diagnose a disease.
: A type of radiotherapy treatment that implants radioactive material sealed in needles or seeds into or near the tumour.
: Bone scans use nuclear medicine imaging to spot cancer in the bone. A radioactive substance is injected into a vein and is attracted to areas of cancer. The radioactivity is recorded by a special camera as a picture. There is a phenomenon called “normal physiological uptake,” which may vary from individual to individual. Also previous trauma or fractures can elicit a positive signal as well.
: Acronym for Banana, Rice, Apples and Toast.
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Life, Hope & Reality was developed and written by Afaf Girgis, Claire Johnson, and Sylvie Lambert with funding from the NHMRC and Cancer Council NSW.
Last updated 30 August 2015