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FACT (Fibreboard Asbestos Compensation Trust)
Created to handle asbestos-related personal injury claims against Fibreboard Corporation under the Ahearn Settlement
Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (Abbreviated FAP)
A hereditary condition that is a risk factor for colorectal cancer. People with this syndrome develop polyps in the colon and rectum. Often these polyps become cancerous.
Fascia
A sheet of fibrous tissue that covers muscles and some organs of the body.
Fasciculation
An involuntary movement of a muscle.
Febrile
Having a fever.
Fecal Occult Blood Test
A test for blood in a personís stool that may not be seen. If blood is found this could be a sign of cancer.
Ferroprotein
A brown-colored protein produced by the lungs, which surrounds particles from iron salts and other minerals.
Ferruginous Body
A general term that describes any fiber such as glass, cotton, talc, etc. in the lung that is covered by an iron coating.
FEV
Stands for forced expiratory volume, this refers to the amount of air a person breathes in one second. It is a test to see how much air can be in the lungs.
Fibreboard Settlement Trust
A trust created in 1992 to handle funds that would have been available to the FACT to pay claims.
Fibroblast
A mesenchyme cell which produces collagen to make tissue, blood, bone and cartilage.
Fibrosis
The growth of scar tissue resembling fibers which can happen after radiation therapy or as scars, if any normal tissue is damaged.
File A Lawsuit (Mesothelioma Ė Asbestos Lawsuit)
To prepare a set of papers such as a Complaint or Petition, describing the facts and legal issues then bringing them to court.
Fine Needle Aspiration
See needle aspiration.
Fine-Needle Aspirate
A medical operation performed by having a needle inserted, under local anesthesia that gets a sample of tissue that might be infected or diseased.
Fistula
An opening between two parts of the body, which is not usually there.
Five-Year Survival Rate
The amount of people with a certain cancer, who are expected to survive for five or more years. Five year survival rates are not always accurate. The rates are based on the most recent information available; this can include data from patients treated several years earlier. Technology in cancer treatment is becoming more advanced quickly. Five-year survival rates, while accurate, may not show these advances. They should not be used to predict each individual case.
Flow Cytometry
A test for tumor tissue to see how fast the tumor cells are reproducing and to show if the tumor cells contain a normal or abnormal amount of DNA. This test is used to help predict how fast a cancer is likely to be. (See also ploidy, DNA, S-phase fraction.)
Fluoroscopy
A procedure which x-rays pass through the body, and are shown on a screen, providing an image of the bodyís internal looks.
Foley Catheter
Flexible plastic tube that is put into the bladder, to drain urine out.
Follicular Dendritic Cell
A special cell in lymph nodes that traps foreign antigens for the lymphocytes.
Food And Drug Administration (FDA)
The federal agency responsible for regulating the development, use and safety of drugs, medical devices, food, cosmetics and related products.
FRC
Stands for functional residual capacity. It is the amount of air left in the lungs at the end of normal breathing, when breathing muscles are relaxed.
Free Radical
A molecule that contains at least one unpaired electron, they are very reactive, and easily bind with other molecules; this disrupts normal cells, and can also damage them.
Friable
A material which when dry, may be crumbled, crushed, pulverized, or reduced to powder by normal hand pressure.
Frozen Section
A piece of tissue that has been quickly frozen and examined under a microscope. This can give a quick diagnosis, sometimes while the surgeon is waiting to complete a procedure. The diagnosis is confirmed in a few days by a more detailed study called a permanent section. (See also permanent section.)
Frozen section
A technique when tissue is removed then quickly frozen, and examined under a microscope by a pathologist.
Fusin
See CXCR-4.
Fungus
A primitive life form that can cause infection in the body. Fungi that sometimes cause infections after a transplant; these are the Candida and Aspergillus fungi.
FVC
Stands for forced vital capacity, it is the maximum volume of air that can be forcibly breathed out after taking a large breath.

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