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Anaphylaxis: Acute allergic reaction
Angioedema: Rapid swelling (edema) of the tissues under the skin
Antibody: A protein naturally made by the body to fight infection (foreign in nature) and kill bacteria.
Anthracycline: A chemotherapy drug used to treat a wide range of cancers.
Arthralgia: Joint pain
Asthenia: A feeling of weakness with loss of energy and strength
Cardiotoxicity: Toxicity that affects the heart.
Gene: The basic unit of heredity, composed of DNA.
HER2: Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, found on the surface of cells
Hypersensitivity: An exaggerated immune response to a foreign body
Hypertension: A high blood pressure
Hypotension: A low blood pressrue
Inhibitor: The key component of a lock and key model. It is a substance that can fit in and bind to a receptor (or a protien for example) but does not cause a change in activity of the cell, or protien.
Matastatic cancer: Cancer that has spead from its origial source. Cells can break off from one tumour and form another (metastases).
Monoclonal Antibodies: Engineered antibodies from a biological species, for example a mouse.
Myalgia: Muscle pain
Receptor: A molecule in or on the surface of a cell which selectively binds an antigen, drug or homone etc which ultimately changes the function of that cell. It is the lock component of a lock and key model.
Taxane: An anticancer drug which stops cell division through inhibition of cellular growth.
Urticaria: Chronic hives on the surface of the skin, from an allergic reaction