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Prostate Cancer

Adrenolytic agents

A group of drugs that reduces or stops the production of the hormone adrenaline.

Anaemia

A lowered level of red blood cells. It is the most common disorder of the blood. It causes fatigue, weakness and poor concentration, among others.

Androgens

Male sex hormones that control and provide male characteristics like facial hair and lower voice.

Anestezija (splošna, spinalna, področna ali lokalna)

Pred posegom boste prejeli zdravilo, da ne bi občutili bolečine. Med splošno anestezijo ste v nezavesti in ne veste, kaj se dogajanja okoli vas. Med spinalno ali področno anestezijo ne občutite bolečine v tistem predelu telesa, na katerem se izvaja poseg. Anestezija izzveneva postopoma po opravljenem posegu.

Anti-androgen drug

Any drug that blocks the action of androgens.

Asymptomatic

Any condition which does not cause symptoms and is discovered incidentally.

Benign enlargement

Cell growth in the body which is not cancerous.

Benigno povečanje prostate (BPE)

Povečanje prostate zaradi hormonskih sprememb, ki so posledica staranja.

Biopsy

A medical procedure in which a small piece of tissue is removed from the body to examine it. This is done to get information for diagnosing, monitoring, and treatment.

Bone scan

A scan of the entire body that can be used to find bone metastases.

Brachytherapy

Sometimes called seed implantation. Radioactive “seeds” are carefully placed inside of the cancerous tissue and positioned to attack the cancer most efficiently.

Cardiologist

A doctor who specializes in cardiovascular diseases.

Cardiovascular disease

A disease involving the heart and the blood vessels.

Castration

A chemical or surgical treatment in which the production of androgens is stopped, or the effect of the hormones is blocked.

Castration-resistant prostate cancer

A type of prostate cancer that needs lower levels of androgens to continue to grow.

Chemical castration

A type of treatment in which drugs are used to stop the production of androgens, or block their effect.

Chemotherapy

Is a treatment of cancer with drugs that are toxic to cells. Some are specifically toxic to cells that grow faster than normal, like cancer cells.

Cistoskop

Endoskopska naprava, ki jo vstavimo v sečnico (glejte tudi endoskop, uretra/sečnica).

Cistoskopija

Postopek, v katerem zdravnik pogleda v telo s cistoskopom, vstavljenim skozi sečnico, glejte tudi Cistoskop, uretra/sečnica).

Clinical trial

These are experimental research studies designed to answer specific questions about treatments or drugs. They generally test how well a treatment works among patients with specific characteristics.

Conservative management

A type of treatment in which the doctor monitors your health and can recommend treatment if necessary.

CSAP

Cryosurgical ablation of the prostate. In this minimally-invasive technique, freezing temperatures are applied directly to the tumour cells to kill them.

Depot injections

An injection of a drug, usually into the muscle or right under the skin. The drug is either solid or oil-based and the active compound is released over a long period of time, without having to take any extra steps.

Detruzor

Gladka mišica v steni mehurja. Mišica detruzor ostane sproščena, da mehurju omogoči shranjevanje urina, in se med uriniranjem skrči, da sprosti urin.

Digital rectal examination

A test in which the doctor uses a finger to feel the size, shape, and consistency of the prostate to diagnose conditions like an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer.

Endoskop

Cevast inštrument, s katerim pregledamo notranjost telesa. Lahko je gibljiv ali tog.

Enzyme

Large biological molecules that are responsible for the processes of the metabolism.

Erectile dysfunction

The inability to get or keep an erection.

Estrogen

Glavni ženski spolni hormon, ki vpliva na ženske značilnosti telesa in je pomemben za razmnoževalni in menstrualni ciklus.

Flare

When testosterone levels increase before decreasing as a result of hormonal drug therapy with LHRH agonist drugs.

Focal therapy

A general term for a variety of minimally-invasive techniques for destroying small tumours. The main purpose of focal therapy is to limit damage to surrounding tissue.

Fractionated

In radiology, the act of dividing the dose of radiation into smaller doses with one or more rest periods in between.

Ginekološki

Having to do with the health of the female reproductive system, including the vagina, uterus and ovaries, and the breasts.

Gland

A gland is an organ that synthesizes hormones for release into the bloodstream or other parts of the body.

Gleason score

The Gleason score determines the aggressiveness of a tumour in the prostate. It is based on the pattern of the cancer cells. Each pattern gets a value between 1 and 5. The pathologist adds the scores of the two patterns that appear in most of the tissue samples after a biopsy. Tumours with a higher score are more aggressive and more difficult to cure.

Gynecomastia

A hormonal disorder in which men have benign enlargement of breast tissue.

HIFU

High-Intensity Focussed Ultrasound. A minimally-invasive procedure that applies ultrasound energy to heat up and destroy cancer cells.

Hormonal therapy

Any treatment option in which hormones are used.

Hormones

Molecules that are produced in glands and circulate in the blood system to reach their target organs. They affect body functions and behaviour.

Hot flushes

A medical condition characterized by redness of the skin, sweating and a sudden feeling of inner heat.

Immunotherapy

A type of cancer treatment which boosts the immune system to fight tumour cells.

Invaziven

Vsak postopek, v katerem zdravnik vstavi instrumente v telo ali dele telesa.

Kateter

Votla gibka cev za vstavljanje ali odvajanje tekočin iz telesa. V urologiji se katetri na splošno uporabljajo za odvajanje urina iz mehurja.

Kontraindikacije

Simptomi ali bolezenska stanja, zaradi katerih je določen načina zdravljenja nezaželen.

Laparoskopska kirurgija

Minimalno invazivna kirurška tehnika, v kateri kirurgu ni treba prerezati skozi kožo in tkivo. Namesto tega kirurg vstavi instrumente skozi majhne zareze na trebušni steni.

LHRH agonists

Drugs used in prostate cancer treatment to stop the production of testosterone in the testicles.

LHRH antagonists

Drugs used in prostate cancer treatment to stop the production of testosterone, by inhibiting the production of androgens.

Ligament

Kratek snop čvrstega, fleksibilnega vlaknatega tkiva, ki povezuje dve kosti ali hrustanca ali pa drži skupaj sklep.

Lobes

A lobe is any division or extension of an organ that is clearly visible without using a microscope.

Localized prostate cancer

A prostate cancer where the tumour is limited to the prostate and has not spread.

Locally-advanced kidney cancer

A cancer where the tumour has grown out of the kidneys into surrounding tissue and invaded veins, the adrenal gland, or lymph nodes.

LUTS

Lower urinary tract symptoms. A term used for the symptoms caused by BPE which can also point to other diseases affecting the urinary tract (see also Urinary tract).

Lymph nodes

Small oval-shaped organs that play a role in regulating how the immune system responds.

Lymphorrhea

Leakage of lymph fluid onto the skin. The fluid leads to skin damage, and may cause an infection.

Malignant tumour

A cancerous growth which either grows continuously or in spurts. Malignant tumours can metastasize, which means they spread throughout the body.

Mammary glands

Glands located in the breasts. In women, the mammary glands can produce milk.

Medical history

A brief summary of previous operations, previous and current diseases, known allergies, and drugs you currently take.

Medical oncologist

A doctor who specializes in all types of cancer and mostly uses drugs to treat them.

Mešano uhajanja seča

Mešanica simptomov stresnega uhajanja seča in zapovedovalnega uhajanja seča.

Metastatic disease

When a tumour has spread to other organs or lymph nodes.

Minimalno invaziven poseg

Je kirurški poseg, pri katerem rezanje kože ni potrebno.

MRI-slikanje

Magnetnoresonančno slikanje je tehnika, v kateri se za izdelavo slik telesa uporabljajo močna magnetna polja in radijski valovi.

Multidisciplinary

A combination of different branches of expertise. In medicine, it means that for instance urologists, oncologists, psychologists or other medical specialists work together.

Nevrogena motnjo delovanja spodnjih sečil

Težave v spodnjih sečilih, ki so posledica motenj živčnega sistema, ki vpliva na aktivnost le-teh.

New hormonal agents

A group of drugs for castration-resistant prostate cancer when standard hormonal treatment is no longer effective.

Nokturija

Potreba po odvajanju seča, ki človeka zbudi iz nočnega spanca.

Nožnični obroček

Majhen topen obroček, ki se vstavi v vagino za zdravljenje okužbe ali kot kontracepcijo sredstvo. Lahko je elastičen ali tog pripomoček, ki se vstavi v vagino za podporo maternice.

Odprt kirurški poseg

Je poseg, pri katerem kirurg prereže kožo in tkiva za neposreden dostop do struktur ali organov.

Orchiectomy

A method of surgical castration in which one or both testicles are removed. If only one testicle is removed, this is known as unilateral orchiectomy. If both testicles are removed this is referred to as bilateral orchiectomy.

Osteoporosis

A bone disease characterized by a reduction of bone mass.

Palliative care

A concept of care with the goal to optimize your quality of life if you cannot recover from your illness. It involves physical, psychological, social, and spiritual issues.

Pathologist

A medical professional who studies tissue, blood, or urine to understand the specific characteristics of diseases. In cancer treatment, the pathologist helps with the diagnosis and classification of tumours.

Penis

A reproductive organ in men which also carries urine out of the body.

Perinej ali presredek

Predel kože in mišičja pri moškem med mošnjo in anusom, pri ženski med vulvo in anusom.

Peripheral oedema

Oedema means swelling. Peripheral oedema refers specifically to swelling of the ankles and legs.

PET scan

A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that uses a radioactive substance called a tracer to look for disease in the body. A PET scan shows how organs and tissues are working.

Physical

Having to do with or affecting the body.

Primary tumour

The malignant cell growth located where the tumour first began to develop.

Prognosis

The medical term for predicting the likely outcome of health after treatment.

Prostate

The gland which produces the fluid which carries semen. It is located in the male lower urinary tract, under the bladder and around the urethra.

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA)

A protein produced by the prostate which may increase in men with a benign prostatic enlargement, prostatic inflammation, or prostate cancer.

Prostatectomy

A surgical procedure in which part of or the entire prostate is removed.

PSA testing

Testing men for the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in their blood. A high level of PSA in the blood suggests that the cells in the prostate are behaving unusually.

Psychological

Having to do with or affecting the mind.

Računalniška tomografija (CT)

Preiskava, s katero naredimo številne rentgenske posnetke telesa. CT pomeni računalniška tomografija.

Radiation oncologist

A specialist who uses radiation therapy to treat cancer.

Radiation therapy

A type of cancer treatment that uses radiation to control or kill malignant cells.

Rectum

The final section of the large intestine, ending at the anus.

Recurrence

The return of cancer after treatment and after a period of time in which the cancer could not be detected. This can happen either in the place where the cancer first was detected, or somewhere else in the body. There is no standard period of time, but most doctors would consider it a recurrence if the cancer had not been detected again for at least one year.

Risk stratification

A tool to determine a treatment pathway. It is based on disease characteristics combined with personal characteristics like medical and family history or general state of health.

Salvage

A treatment for cancer given together with or after the main treatment. It can be a treatment to prevent recurrence or part of a palliative care approach.

Sečni mehur

Organ, v katerem se zbira seč, ki priteče iz ledvic.

Seminal vesicles

A pair of glands located below the bladder. They produce semen.

Simptomi prekomerno aktivnega sečnega mehurja

Zbirka simptomov zbiranja urina, vključno z nujnostjo, inkontinenco, pogostnostjo in nokturijo.

Slikanje

Preiskava telesa z ultrazvokom, rentgenskimi ali drugimi tehnikami skeniranja.

Spinal cord compression

An emergency condition where a tumour or bone fragment puts pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord.

Sramna ustnica/labia

Notranja in zunanja guba vulve, na obeh straneh vagine.

 

Stalni urinski kateter

Cevka, ki se vstavi skozi sečnico v mehur, da vam pomaga pri uriniranju.

Stena mehurja

Različne plasti tkiva, ki oblikujejo mehur.

Steroid drug

A drug that tries to reproduce the effect of a hormone in the body. Some steroids are used to treat infections. Other steroid drugs have effects similar to testosterone.

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI)

When your urethra or urinary sphincter cannot resist the pressure of a full bladder. As a result, you lose urine when the pressure on your lower urinary tract suddenly increases. This can happen during activities like coughing, sneezing, or laughing, exercise like running or jumping, or carrying heavy things like groceries.

Surgical robot system

An instrument to help doctors perform laparoscopic surgery. The surgeon controls the robotic instrument with remote control sensors.

Symptom-guided treatment

Closely monitoring a patient’s condition but postponing therapy until symptoms appear or change.

Testicles

The testicles are the male organs that produce sperm and the male hormone testosterone.

Testosterone

A steroid androgen hormone that is produced mainly in the testicles and is responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics.

TNM classification

The Tumour Node Metastasis (TNM) classification is an international classification used to classify tumours according to the size and invasiveness of the tumour (T), whether any lymph nodes are affected (N) and if the cancer has spread to any other parts of your body (M).

Treatment pathway

One of the main management tools for doctors. The different tasks or interventions are defined, optimized and set in a specific order. With this the medical team can work on the health of a patient together.

Tumour spillage

When tumour cells reach the blood or another organ during surgery. These cells may grow in a different location and develop into tumours.

Ultrasound

Imaging technique that uses high-frequency sounds to make an image of the inside of the body.

Ureter

One of the two tubes through which urine flows from the kidneys to the bladder.

Urinary frequency

The need to urinate more often than usual, generally more than 8 times a day.

Urinary incontinence

Involuntary loss of urine.

Urinary sphincter

The muscles used to control the exit of urine in the bladder, through the urethra. When either one of the muscles contracts, the urethra is sealed shut.

Urinary tract

The organ system which produces and transports urine through and out of the body. It includes two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder and the urethra. The urinary tract is similar in men and women, only men have a longer urethra.

Urologist

A doctor specialized in health and diseases of the urinary tract and the genitals.

Utrujenost

To pomeni, da se počutite bolj utrujene kot običajno, da ste brez energije in da se utrujenost po spanju ne izboljša. Morda boste imeli bolečine v sklepih, mišicah in v prsnem košu.

Vrat mehurja

Skupina mišic, ki povezuje sečni mehur s sečnico. Te mišice se skrčijo, da zadržijo urin v mehurju in se sprostijo, da urin preide v sečnico.

Začasni urinski kateter

Cevka, ki se začasno vstavi skozi sečnico v mehur, da vam pomaga pri uriniranju. Intermitentni kateter se ročno vstavi in odstrani večkrat na dan, da bolnik popolnoma izprazni mehur.

Zdravljenje prve izbire

Prvo zdravljenje za nadzor bolezni. Pogosto je del standardnega nabora možnosti zdravljenja.

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