Acetaminophen: A medicine used to relieve pain.
Adjuvant therapy: Treatment given in addition to the primary treatment to enhance the effectiveness of the primary treatment.
Aerobic exercise: Exercise that improves respiratory and circulatory function by increasing oxygen consumption.
Aldesleukin: A manmade version of interleukin-2, a protein released by the immune system that helps fight bacteria, viruses, and some types of cancer cells.
Alopecia: Hair loss.
Anesthetic: A substance that causes loss of feeling or awareness. A local anesthetic causes loss of feeling in a specific part of the body into which the anesthetic has been applied or injected. A general anesthetic puts the person to sleep.
Antibiotics: Drugs used to kill bacteria.
Antibody: A protein secreted by certain lymphocytes. Each antibody attacks a particular antigen. A protein produced by the immune system in response to the presence of an antigen. It defends the body against substances identified by the immune system as potentially harmful.
Antigen: A foreign substance that activates the immune system by causing the body to form antibodies.
Autoimmune: Making antibodies against one's own cells.