NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,886 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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anterior mediastinotomy
(an-TEER-ee-er MEE-dee-A-stih-NAH-toh-mee)
A procedure in which a tube is inserted into the chest to view the tissues and organs in the area between the lungs and between the breastbone and heart. The tube is inserted through an incision next to the breastbone. This procedure is usually used to get a tissue sample from the lymph nodes on the left side of the chest. Also called Chamberlain procedure.