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Short glossary

Short glossary

● B cell: a type of white blood cell that help fight infection
● Bone marrow: the spongy, inner part of bone where blood cells are made
● CLL: chronic lymphocytic leukemia
● CT scan: a scan that takes a series of X-rays to build a 3D picture of the inside of the body
● DNA: deoxyribonucleic acid (genetic material)
● Hematologist: a specialist in diseases of the blood
● Hemoglobin: oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells
● Leukemia: a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow
● Lymph node: part of the immune system that filters and catches foreign particles in the body
● Lymphocytosis: an increase in the number of white blood cells
● Malignant: a cell multiplying without normal levels of control
● Oncologist: a cancer specialist
● Pathologist: someone who tests samples to diagnose a disease
● Platelet: a component of the blood that helps it to clot
● Tumor: a swelling of a part of the body caused by an abnormal growth of tissue