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List of terms beginning with Ho

Hoarse voice

The voice sounds husky and croaky. It can be a symptom of lung cancer or other head and neck cancers but is also caused by other medical conditions.

Hodgkin's disease

The old name for Hodgkin lymphoma. It is a cancer of the lymphatic system.

Holter test

A test that records the electrical activity of your heart over a period of time. You wear a small device called a Holter monitor on your belt. The monitor is about the size of a mobile phone. It has 4 to 6 electrical leads that attach to your chest with sticky pads. You wear this for between 1 day and 1 week.

Hormone

A hormone is a natural chemical made in one part of the body which travels in the bloodstream and makes things happen in another part of the body.

Hormone dependent

A hormone dependent cancer is one that is stimulated to grow by the presence of a particular hormone. These cancers are also called hormone sensitive cancers.

Hormone replacement therapy

Treatment with hormones to replace those no longer being produced by the body. It is most commonly used to refer to replacement of the sex hormones such as oestrogen or progesterone after a natural or early menopause. But can be used to refer to replacing hormones such as thyroid hormones, for example thyroxine.

Hormone sensitive

A hormone sensitive cancer is one that is stimulated to grow by the presence of a particular hormone. These cancers are also called hormone dependent cancers.

Hormone therapy

Hormone therapy is also called hormone treatment. It means treating a disease with hormones, or by blocking the action of hormones.

Hormones

Hormones are natural chemicals made in one part of the body which travel in the bloodstream and make things happen in another part of the body.

Hospice

A place where people can go for treatment and relief of symptoms from their cancer. Hospices aim to maintain the best possible quality of life for as long as possible. They usually offer day patient and inpatient care.

Hospice at home

This is when people are looked after at home for treatment and relief of symptoms from their cancer. Specialist palliative care nurses and doctors visit people at home and give care there rather than in a hospice.

Hospital attendance

How often you have to go to the hospital and for how long.

Hot flushes

A sudden feeling of being very hot. You may also go red in the face and sweat. It usually lasts for a few minutes. These effects occur in women going through the change of life (menopause). They may also be caused by some cancer treatments in women and men.

Hot spots

Areas which show up as abnormal on a bone scan. They mean there is damage to bone. This could be due to arthritis, an old fracture, or cancer in the bones.

Updated: 29 June 2016