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Abdominal CT Scan 

A series of x-ray pictures taken of the abdomen by a machine that encircles the body like a giant tube. Computers are then used to generate cross-sectional images of the inside of the body.

 

Adjuvant Chemotherapy                                                                                                                             Chemotherapy treatment given after another treatment, usually surgery.

 

Alopecia

Hair loss

 

Antiemetic Drugs   

Can prevent or reduce nausea and vomiting, which can be side effects of some chemotherapy drugs.

 

Aorta

The abdominal aorta is the largest artery in the abdomen. An artery is a blood vessel carrying blood away from the heart.

 

Ascites 

Fluid that builds up in the abdomen, most commonly as a result of cancer but occasionally caused by other diseases.

 

 

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