Pronunciation: (too-BER-kyoo-LOH-sis)

A disease caused by a specific type of bacteria that spreads from one person to another through the air. Tuberculosis can affect many parts of the body, but most often affects the lungs. A person may not have symptoms of tuberculosis for years, but they may appear when the patient becomes ill with a serious condition like diabetes, AIDS, or cancer. Tuberculosis can usually be treated and cured with antibiotics. Also called TB.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2006-10-24 Date last modified: 2006-11-07