NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,800 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

human epididymis protein 4
(HYOO-mun eh-pih-DIH-dih-mis PROH-teen …)
A protein found on cells that line the lungs and reproductive organs, such as the ovaries. Human epididymis protein 4 may be found in higher than normal amounts in patients with some types of cancer, including ovarian epithelial cancer. Measuring the amount of human epididymis protein 4 in the blood may help plan cancer treatment or find out if cancer is getting worse or has come back. It is a type of tumor marker. Also called HE4.