When the chance of developing cancer is greater than
normally seen in the general population. Patients may be at high risk
from many factors including heredity (e.g., a family history of breast
cancer), personal habits (e.g., smoking) or the environment (e.g.,
overexposure to sunlight). (See Risk Factor
Hodgkin's Disease--A form of cancer that affects the lymph
system. Hodgkin's disease generally occurs in adults, and can now be
successfully treated in the majority of patients.
Hormone--Secreted by various organs in the body, hormones help
regulate growth, metabolism and reproduction. Some hormones are used
as treatment following surgery for breast, ovarian and prostate
Hospice--A concept of psychosocial and supportive care to meet
the special needs of patients and their families during the terminal
stages of illness. The care is provided both in outpatient and
Hysterectomy--The surgical removal of the uterus. May be
combined with removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy).
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