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Hyperglycemia

Hyperglycemia

The condition of having high levels of glucose (sugar) in your blood. Symptoms include dry mouth, thirst, frequent urination (including at night), blurry vision, and dry, itchy skin.

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Hypochlorhydria

The condition of having low levels of hydrochloric acid in your stomach. Symptoms include halitosis (bad breath), heartburn, bloating or belching, gas right after eating, and indigestion.

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Hypoglycemia

The condition of having low levels of glucose (sugar) in your blood. Symptoms include dizziness, headache, tiredness, and confusion.

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Insulin

A hormone released by the pancreas that lowers glucose (sugar) levels in your blood.

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Hypokalemia

The condition of having low levels of potassium (salt) in your blood. It may be caused by diarrhea.

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Interferon

A substance that can improve the body’s natural response to infections and other diseases. Interferons can help stop cancer cells from diving to form new cancer cell and can slow down the growth of tumors. The body normally produces interferon. It can also be made in the laboratory to treat cancer and other diseases.

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Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)

Radiation therapy that is given during surgery.

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Irradiation

Also called total body irradiation (TBI)- This treatment method gives radiotherapy to the whole body. It uses high-energy radiation to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A group of symptoms—including pain or discomfort in the abdomen and changes in bowel movement patterns—that occur together.

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Islet Cell Tumor

A term used for a pancreatic NET (PNET).

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Ki-67 Index

A protein used to diagnose and assess the prognosis of tumors including NETs. The Ki-67 index measures how much of this protein is present in cancer cells. The results may allow doctors to grade NETs, and predict how likely they are to grow or spread.

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Lanreotide

A medicine used for treating NETs. Lanreotide belongs to a group of drugs called somatostatin analogues. These are man-made proteins that are similar to a hormone in the body called somatostatin.

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Laparoscopy

A surgical procedure where a thin, lighted tube is inserted through an incision to inspect inside the body.

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Lesions

Areas of abnormal tissue that may or may not be cancerous.

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Linear Accelerator

A machine that uses electricity to form a stream of fast-moving subatomic particles. This creates high-energy radiation that may be used to treat cancer.

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Localized

A localized tumor is contained in one area of the body.

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Lung Function Tests

Tests that look at how well the lungs work, such as by measuring how much air a person can exhale after taking in a deep breath. Also called pulmonary function tests.

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Lung NETs

Lung neuroendocrine tumors – an uncommon form of lung cancer caused by NETs. There are two grades (grade 1 and grade 2) of lung NETs depending on how quickly they grow.

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Lutetium-177

A substance that emits radiation (radionuclide) and is one of most commonly used radionuclides for peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) in treating NETs.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

A method of obtaining a thin cross-sectional X-ray view of a patient, using a large electromagnet to cause atoms in the body to emit radio waves. It is one of the main imaging techniques used for diagnosing and monitoring NETs.

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