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Mesothelioma cancer glossary - F
false-negative test result - A test result that indicates that a person does not have a specific disease or condition when the person actually does have the disease or condition.
false-positive test result - A test result that indicates that a person has a specific disease or condition when the person actually does not have the disease or condition.
fecal occult blood test - FOBT. A test to check for blood in stool. (Fecal refers to stool; occult means hidden.)
fibroblast - A connective tissue cell that makes and secretes collagen proteins.
fibroid - A benign smooth-muscle tumor, usually in the uterus or gastrointestinal tract. Also called leiomyoma.
filgrastim - A colony-stimulating factor that stimulates the production of neutrophils (a type of white blood cell). It is a cytokine that belongs to the family of drugs called hematopoietic (blood-forming) agents. Also called granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF).
first-line therapy - The first type of therapy given for a condition or disease.
flow cytometry - A method of measuring the number of cells in a sample, the percentage of live cells in a sample, and certain characteristics of cells, such as size, shape, and the presence of tumor markers on the cell surface. The cells are stained with a light-sensitive dye, placed in a fluid, and passed in a stream before a laser or other type of light. The measurements are based on how the light-sensitive dye reacts to the light.
follicular mixed cell lymphoma - An indolent (slow-growing) type of B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system) in which there are both small and large cancer cells.
fractionation - Dividing the total dose of radiation therapy into several smaller, equal doses delivered over a period of several days.
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