Glossary

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Immune system

Several types of cells and organs that work together to help the body fight infections and other diseases.

Immunomodulatory agents

Drugs that change a patient’s immune response by enhancing or suppressing the immune system.

Inflammation

A condition in which a part of your body becomes red, swollen, and painful, as a result of an irritation, infection, or injury.

Infusion reaction

A side effect seen with some drugs that are given intravenously.

Intravenous (IV) infusion

A way of giving medicines or other fluids by inserting them into the bloodstream through a needle or tube in a vein.

Median

The middle number in an ordered set of values arranged from smallest to largest. Example: 3, 5, 12. The median is 5.

Monoclonal antibody

A man-made molecule that binds to substances in the body, including cancer cells. Monoclonal antibodies work with your immune system.

Proteasome inhibitors (PIs)

Drugs that slow down cancer cell growth by interfering with processes that play a role in cell function.

Protein

Molecule made up of amino acids and needed for the body to function properly. Proteins are the basis of skin, hair, and other substances in the body.

Relapse

The return or worsening of a disease that had previously responded to therapy.

Response

A measure by which an improvement related to treatment is determined by a healthcare professional or clinical trial.