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Immunophenotyping

A process used to find specific types of cells within a blood sample. It looks at antigens or markers on the surface of the cell to identify antibodies.

Clinical trials

Careful studies done by doctors to test new drugs or treatments, or new uses for approved drugs or treatments. The goal of clinical trials for blood cancers is to improve treatment and quality of life and to find cures.

Bone Marrow Aspiration

A test to find abnormal marrow cells. The area around the hip bone is numbed and then a special needle is inserted and a marrow sample (fluid) is drawn out. Usually this test is done at the same time as a bone marrow biopsy.

Bone Marrow Biopsy

A test to find abnormal marrow cells. The area around the hip bone is numbed and then a special needle is inserted and a piece of bone containing marrow is withdrawn. Usually this test is done at the same time as a bone marrow aspiration.

Antibodies

A type of protein created by blood cells when they are invaded by bacteria, viruses, or other harmful things called "antigens." Antibodies help the body fight against invaders that make people get sick. Antibodies can also be made in the lab and are used to help find certain types of cancer and in treatment.

Sedimentation Rate

A blood test that measures how quickly red cells (erythrocytes) settle in a test tube in one hour. A sedimentation rate test is done to find out if inflammation is present in the body, to check on the progress of a disease or to see how well a treatment is working. This test is also called a "seed rate" or "erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)."

Pathologist

A doctor who finds disease by examining body tissue and fluids.

Contrast Dye

A substance used during certain types of imaging tests to help distinguish between different body tissues and to clarify test findings. It is usually injected into a vein or given by mouth before the test. Contrast dyes are also called "contrast agents."

Flow Cytometry

A test that finds specific cell types within a cell sample, During this test, cells flow through the instrument called a “flow cytometer.” When the cells pass through its laser beam, those with the antibody-specific features light up and can be counted. This test may be used to examine blood cells, marrow cells, or cells from a biopsy.

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Keep your children busy and healthy during the pandemic

Keep your children busy and healthy during the pandemic

You can find on the Government of Canada website: Activities for children, You and your family's mental health, Returning to school, Staying connected, Information for parents

Use these activities to teach your child about what they can do to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

Hand washing heroes (video)
Colour and learn (colouring pages)
Coughing and sneezing hygiene for kids (video)
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Glossary Results

Immunophenotyping

A process used to find specific types of cells within a blood sample. It looks at antigens or markers on the surface of the cell to identify antibodies.

Clinical trials

Careful studies done by doctors to test new drugs or treatments, or new uses for approved drugs or treatments. The goal of clinical trials for blood cancers is to improve treatment and quality of life and to find cures.

Bone Marrow Aspiration

A test to find abnormal marrow cells. The area around the hip bone is numbed and then a special needle is inserted and a marrow sample (fluid) is drawn out. Usually this test is done at the same time as a bone marrow biopsy.

Bone Marrow Biopsy

A test to find abnormal marrow cells. The area around the hip bone is numbed and then a special needle is inserted and a piece of bone containing marrow is withdrawn. Usually this test is done at the same time as a bone marrow aspiration.

Antibodies

A type of protein created by blood cells when they are invaded by bacteria, viruses, or other harmful things called "antigens." Antibodies help the body fight against invaders that make people get sick. Antibodies can also be made in the lab and are used to help find certain types of cancer and in treatment.

Sedimentation Rate

A blood test that measures how quickly red cells (erythrocytes) settle in a test tube in one hour. A sedimentation rate test is done to find out if inflammation is present in the body, to check on the progress of a disease or to see how well a treatment is working. This test is also called a "seed rate" or "erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)."

Pathologist

A doctor who finds disease by examining body tissue and fluids.

Contrast Dye

A substance used during certain types of imaging tests to help distinguish between different body tissues and to clarify test findings. It is usually injected into a vein or given by mouth before the test. Contrast dyes are also called "contrast agents."

Flow Cytometry

A test that finds specific cell types within a cell sample, During this test, cells flow through the instrument called a “flow cytometer.” When the cells pass through its laser beam, those with the antibody-specific features light up and can be counted. This test may be used to examine blood cells, marrow cells, or cells from a biopsy.