Mammogram (Mammography)

A low-doseX-ray picture of the breasts to determine whether abnormal growths or cysts are present.


The surgical removal of the breast.

Mastectomy - Radical

Removal of the entire breast along with underlying muscle and lymph nodes of the armpit.


Cancer of the pigment-forming cells of the skin or the retina of the eye.

Mastectomy - Segmental (lumpectomy)

Removal of the lump and a small amount of surrounding breast tissue.

Mastectomy - Simple (modified mastectomy)

Removal of the entire breast.

Medical Oncologist

A doctor who specializes in using chemotherapy to treat cancer.


The spread of cancer cells from one part of the body to another by way of the lymph system, blood stream or direct extension.

Metastron (Strontium 89)

A recently FDA approved non-narcotic radiopharmiceutical medication designed for the relief of bone pain associated with metastatic cancer.

Monoclonal antibodies

Artificially manufactured antibodies specifically designed to find targets on cancer cells for diagnostic or treatment purposes.


Relates to becoming less healthy or sick resulting from a treatment or disease.

MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging)

A picture produced by a computer and a high powered magnet that shows a detailed X-ray type image of a particular body part or region. Very useful to evaluate the soft tissue of the body.

Mucosa (Mucous membranes)

The lining of the mouth and gastrointestinal tract.


Inflammation of the lining of the mouth or gastrointestinal tract. .


An X-ray procedure by which a dye is injected into the spinal column to show any change of the spinal cord.


A malignant tumor of the bone marrow associated with the production of abnormal proteins.


See bone marrow suppression.



A new growth of tissue or cells; a tumor that is generally malignant.


A decreased number of neutrophils, a type of white blood cells.


A condition where an individual must get up several times during the night to urinate.

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

A cancer of the lymphatic system. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is related to Hodgkin's disease but is made up of different cell types.

Nuclear Scan

A procedure in which a weak radioactive material called a radioactive tracer is injected in the blood. The material is taken up by the body, and a machine moves over the area being tested to collect the emission of the radioactive tracer.

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Not to be missed...  

Enhanced Creative Coping:
A new mom's group
Medford Family  Network
Monday, April 23-June 18

VNA and Hospice
Comedy Show FUNdraiser!
Giggles Comedy Club, Saugus, MA
Wednesday, April 25

Taste of Spring
Subaru of Wakefield
Thursday, May 10
10th Annual Christine
Cameron Symposium

MHA Conference Center
Burlington, MA
Friday, May 18

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital 
Golf Invitational

Kernwood Country Club, Salem, MA
Monday, June 25


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