Glossary: T

targeted therapy (TAR-geh-ted THAYR-uh-pee)

A type of treatment that uses drugs or other substances, such as monoclonal antibodies, to identify and attack specific cancer cells. Targeted therapy may have fewer side effects than other types of cancer treatments.

technician (tek-NIH-shun)

A person trained in the techniques (methods) and skills of a profession. For example, a mammogram technician is trained to perform mammograms.

third-line therapy (… THAYR-uh-pee)

Treatment that is given when both initial treatment (first-line therapy) and subsequent treatment (second-line therapy) don’t work, or stop working.

tinnitus (tih-NY-tus)

A disorder in which a person hears noises such as buzzing, ringing, clicking, or the sound of a pulse, when no outside sound is causing them. Tinnitus may have many different causes, and may be a symptom of another disease or condition. It may be caused by certain tumors and anticancer drugs.