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Manual therapy is any therapy that involves hands-on manipulation, from massage therapy to chiropractic to reiki. Manual therapies have been developed for centuries all over the world, and generally aim to reduce pain, improve physical alignment, and restore a sense of wellbeing.

Margin is the border of tissue surrounding a tumor that is removed during surgery for testing. A clean or negative margin suggests that all of the cancer has been removed, while a positive margin indicates that some cancer cells may remain.

Maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is the highest dose of a chemotherapy agent or other treatment that does not cause excessive toxicity or other side effects that are considered unacceptable. The MTD is arrived at during clinical trials and is used as a benchmark for prescribing treatment regimens.

Medicaid is a federal-state healthcare program for eligible low-income people under the age of 65 that's jointly funded but administered by each state for the residents of that state.

Medicare is a federal healthcare program for individuals who are 65 or older, people with certain disabilities, or who have permanent kidney failure.

Metastasis is the spread of cancer from its place of origin, through the lymphatic system, to other organs or tissues of the body.

Metronomic chemotherapy differs from conventional chemotherapy in that the total dose is delivered in small amounts over several days rather than in a single large dose. This approach may minimize side effects, while enabling the chemotherapy agents to work against the cancer cells for a longer period of time.

Mind-body medicine is an area of treatment that focuses on the psychological impact of illness, and promotes well-being through recognizing and expressing your emotional needs.

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is surgery using a small incision, often facilitated by robotic devices and imaging technology. In many instances, MIS can result in less bleeding and post-operative pain and a shorter recovery time than conventional surgery. Molecular-targeted treatments are medicines that fight cancer by targeting the molecules that contribute to cancer cell growth and development. This is a fundamentally different approach from conventional chemotherapy, which aims to destroy all rapidly dividing cells, including cancer cells.

Monoclonal antibodies are immune system cells that are laboratoryengineered to fight a specific type of tumor.

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a non-invasive imaging technique using magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed, high-contrast images of soft tissues, such as the brain and spine.

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