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There are currently 6 names in this directory beginning with the letter U.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
A federal government agency that regulates drugs and food in the United States.
Also called a sonogram, ultrasonogram, or ultrasound scan; imaging method that bounces sound waves off internal organs to produce echoes; a computer creates patterns from these echoes that can determine whether tissue is normal or abnormal.
Uncinate process of the pancreas
The part of the gland that bends backwards and underneath the body of the pancreas. Two very important blood vessels, the superior mesenteric artery and vein, cross in front of this part of the pancreas.
Unconventional therapy
Term used to cover all types of complementary and alternative treatments that fall outside of proven therapies. (See also Alternative therapy.)
Cancer that has grown beyond the pancreas and has invaded vital structures around the pancreas. Unresectable cancer cannot be entirely removed by surgery.
Upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy
A process in which a thin, long tool is guided into the esophagus and stomach.
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