Category "Glossary"

A benign (not cancer) condition in which there are more cells than normal in the lining of breast
ducts and the cells look abnormal under a microscope. Having ADH increases the risk of breast
cancer. Also called atypical ductal breast hyperplasia and atypical ductal hyperplasia.

Additional cancer treatment given after the primary treatment to lower the risk that the cancer will
come back. Adjuvant therapy may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy,
targeted therapy, or biological therapy.

A legal document that states the treatment or care a person wishes to receive or not receive if he or she becomes unable to make medical decisions (for example, due to being unconscious or in a coma). Some types of advance directives are living wills and do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders.

A registered nurse who has additional education and training in how to diagnose and treat
disease. Advanced practice nurses are licensed at the state level and certified by national nursing
organizations. In cancer care, an advanced practice nurse may manage the primary care of patients
and their families, based on a practice agreement with a doctor. Also called APN, NP, and nurse
practitioner.

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