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Breast Cancer during Pregnancy - Glossary

Last Updated on Jul 05, 2016
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Trimester: The nine months of pregnancy is divided into full trimesters of 3 months each by doctors.

PET Scan: Positron emission tomography scan. A computerized image of the metabolic activity of the body tissues used to determine the presence of disease.
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Bone Scan: A technique to create images of bones on a computer screen or on film. A small amount of radioactive material is injected into a blood vessel and travels through the bloodstream; it collects in the bones and is detected by a scanner.

CT Scan: Coaxial tomographic scan is an advanced scanning device.

Lymph Node: Round, oval or bean-shaped aggregation of infection-and cancer-fighting immune cells located along the lymph channels throughout the body.

Preterm: Delivered/born before 37 completed weeks since the last normal menstrual period of a pregnancy.

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