Detection--The discovery of an abnormality in an
asymptomatic or symptomatic person. "Early
Detection" is the discovery of an abnormality by
health professionals through a special effort designed
to screen for asymptomatic disease, or by people
themselves who have been made alert to the existence
of signs or symptoms.
Diagnosis--The process of identifying a disease by
its characteristic signs, symptoms and laboratory
findings. In patients with cancer, the earlier the
diagnosis is made, the better the chance for cure.
Digital Rectal Exam--A procedure in which the
physician inserts a finger into the rectum to examine
this area (as well as the prostate gland in men) for
signs of cancer.
DNA--One of two nucleic acids (the other is RNA)
found in the nucleus of all cells. DNA contains genetic
information on cell growth, division and function.
Jan 31, 2013 - Early palliative care clinic visits, integrated with standard oncologic care for patients with metastatic lung cancer, emphasize symptom management, coping, and psychosocial aspects of illness, according to research published online Jan. 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine.