Posted on: Jun 11, 2009 06:07 PM, edited Feb 13, 2013 07:09 PM by patoo
Abbreviations below are for informational purposes only as taken from posts or submitted by your fellow sisters. Your medical team is the final authority on any and all information contained in your personal medical records.
Any others? Post here or send me a PM and I will update the list. Thanks for all who have contributed to date.
8/26/11 - BC.o has added these abbreviations which can be found here: community.breastcancer.org/for...
2/13/13 - find it under the first thread in "All Topics".
AC - one of the five most common types of chemo given to women with BC. Iit's probably the MOST common drug combination given to women with node-negative (hasn't spread to your lymph nodes) cancer. AC includes two drugs: doxorubicin (Adriamycin), and cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan).
AI - aromatase inhibitors
ADH - Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia-no apparant involvement of surgical margins.
AKA - also known as
ALH - Atypical Lobular Hyperlasia - cells in the lobules that look different from normal cells, but aren't cancer and more cells than there should be.
AND - axillary node dissection
AWS - Axillary Web Syndrome; associated with Cording as a result of surgery/rads. Requires management by specialists in PT/ LE and myofascial release.
B9 (Not Cancer)
BC- Breast Cancer
Bi-Lat (bilateral, Mastectomy of both breast)
BIRADS - Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System score. This indicates the radiologist's opinion of the absence or likelihood of breast cancer.
BM(x) - Bilateral Mastectomy
BS - breast specialist/surgeon
BTW - by the way...
Bump - written to edit a thread up in the listings so someone can find it.
BWT - But what the.......!
CC - capsular contraction
CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) = a side effect of Adriamycin, Herceptin, Avastin and some other chemo drugs but it is not a common side effect. CHF occurs in <1% and 3-4% and 5-10% from Adriamycin, Avastin and Herceptin respectively. (Heart failure doesn't mean that your heart has stopped working, or has "failed." Heart failure means that the heart is not pumping blood through your body as well as it should.)
CMF (Cyclophosphamide Methotrexate Fluorouraci) - a commonly used regimen of breast cancer chemotherapy that combines three anti-cancer agents
CT scan - computerized tornography, used to image the structures of the budy, especially head, neck or trunk.
DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ)
DD ~ Dose dense , Dear Daughter
DH ~ Dear Husband
DIEP - deep inferior epigastric perforator: autologous (own tissue) transfer. a refined version of the TRAM flap
DIL - Daughter-in-law
DP ~ Dear partner
DS ~ Dear Son
DW~ Dear Wife
ER (Estrogen Receptive) estrogen receptor positive+ or negative-
FEC (flourouracil/epirubicin/cyclophosphamide) - combo that many Canadians, Brits and Aussies receive with one of the taxanes to follow
FIL ~ Father in law
FNA - fine needle aspiration
FWIW - for what it's worth
GCM - Glucosamine Chondroitin w/MSM (for relief of joint pain)
HER2 + or -, whether your tumor overexpresses the HER2 protein or not
HT (Anti-hormone Therapy)
HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)
Hx - history
IBC (Inflamatory Breast Cancer)
IDC (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma)
IDK - I don't know (something we all said first time diagnosed)
ILC (Invasive Lobular Carcinoma)
IMF, infra-mammary fold, the crease/fold under the breast
IM(H)O - in my (humble) opinion (with or without the ‘humble')
KWIM......."know what I mean".
LAVH - laparoscropic assisted vaginal hysterectomy - a surgical procedure using a laparoscope to guide the removal of the uterus and/or Fallopian tubes and ovaries through the vagina (birth canal
LCIS (Lobular Carcinoma In Situ)
LD flap - Latissimus Dorsi Flap
LE ~ Lymphedema
Lt ~ Left
Med Onc (MO) - medical oncologist
Mil ~ Mother in law
MLD - manual lymph drainage
Mojo ~ Sex , or lack of
MPBC - Metaplastic Breast Cancer (not to be confused with metastatic breast cancer) - an aggresive rare form of breast cancer. See thread of the same name under "Just Diagnosed"
MRSA - Methcillin-resistant Staphyloccus Aureua, a bacterium that causes an infection that is hard to treat and the bane of women who have had surgery, expecially for breast reconstruction (worth googling for more information)
MX - Mastectomy
NAC - A skin-sparing mastectomy will be performed with preservation of the nipple-areolar complex (NAC).
NB = Navelbine Navelbine is an anti-cancer ("antineoplastic" or "cytotoxic") chemotherapy drug
NED (No evidence of Disease
NP - Nurse practitioner
NSM - nipple sparing masectomy
ODAAT ~ One day at a time
Omph (or Ooph) ~ Ovary removal
ONC ~ Oncologist
PBM - prophylactic bilateral mastectomy
PCP - Primary Care Physician
PE - pleural effusion or pulmonary embolism (an example of when you need to chedk with your medical team)
PET scan - Positron Emission Tornography, used to image metabolically active cells, such as cancer cells.
PET-CT scan - a combination of PET and CT which superimposes the matebolically active cells that ‘light up' on the bodily structures so that the radiologist is reading a single image.
PFC = Perfluorinated compounds - suspected carcinogen. See Pg 5 of this thread for link (note I have not checked the reliability of the source)
PICC - peripherally inserted central catheter. When used (occasionally) for chemo, it is sometimes known as an "arm port". More often used for IV antibiotics such as may be required for MRSA and other serious bacterial infections.
PILC - pleomorphic invasive lobular carcinoma
PM - private message
PPI = proton pump inhibitor (the mechanism of action of drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, etc.)
PR (Progesterone Receptive) progesterone receptor positive+ or negative-
PS ~ Plastic Surgeon
QOL - quality of life
RADS - Radiation; Radiotherapy
Rad onc(RO) - Radiation oncologist
RS - Recurrent Score
ROFLOL - rolling on floor laughing out loud
Rt ~ Right
SE ~ Side Effects
SNB - sentinel node biopsy
SOB - short of breath
SOH - sense of humor
SX can be used as an abbreviation for 'surgery', or 'symptoms'. www.globalrph.com/abbrev_rst.h...
SP - status post
TAH-BSO - Total Abdominal Hysterectomy - Bilateral Salingo Oopherectomu (uterus, cervix, tubes and ovaries removed)
TCH - taxotere, carboplatin, herceptin
TE - temporary expanders or tissue expanders
TIA - thanks in advance
TM = tumor markers
TN (Triple Negative) In regards to negative status for ER/PR and Her2neu status
TMI-Too much information
TRAM flap - Transverse Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous flap
TX - treatment
WNL= Within normal limits
Additional info (thanks Leaf) to consider:
There can be multiple meanings for some abbreviations in medicine.
For example, PE is also an abbreviation for pulmonary embolism. (Tamoxifen users are at increased risk for pulmonary embolism.)
One acquaintence with a congenital heart defect (CHD) didn't believe me when I told her that CHD is more commonly an abbreviation for coronary heart disease.
In medical notes, you often have to look at the context. With some abbreviations, it can be difficult.Log in to post a reply
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Jan 22, 2010 07:25 PM JO-5 wrote:
Night Patoo! night Meece,night seyla, night john boy !
Jan 22, 2010 07:28 PM Meece wrote:
Already???? I don't wanna go to bed yet!!! Oh, yeah, I really do. I was just changing the sheets on the bed with DH and I leaned over the bed and rested on it, it felt sooooooooooooo good.
Jan 23, 2010 05:49 AM Chevyboy wrote:
You girls are toooooooo funny! Is this the wine thread? Did I accidentally find "my home?" I checked this thread once, when I was brand new, to find out what all the abbreviations meant, but since then, this place has turned into a rollicking sand-box! If I only drink "boxed" wine, does that still count? I changed my name from Jeannettes9565 to this....Chevyboy...
And I'm too late for your "Good-nights"....Good Morning will have to do! Jeannette
Jan 23, 2010 06:49 AM patoo wrote:
Morning Meece! Morning Jeannette! This is so much more fun than "bump".
Wine, did someone say wine??? 10 a.m. - guess that's a little too early, huh.
Jan 23, 2010 06:52 AM Meece wrote:
Yeah, a bitt too early.
I think I am going to make fondue for dinner tonight. That way I can have wine in the meal and with it! And no, I am not a lush, i just like nice food.
Jan 23, 2010 01:47 PM JO-5 wrote:
GOOD NIGHT! GOOD MORNIN', GOOD AFTERNOON!
IT IS AMAZING HOW MANY COUNTRIES ARE REPRESENTED ON THIS BOARD!
Jan 23, 2010 06:09 PM patoo wrote:
No, I think I need a world map so I can see what else is out there so we can find someone to tuck Meece in. Can't be me because I'm going to bed in a very few minutes. (or are you suggesting a new thread because your geography is worse than mine?)
Jan 23, 2010 06:14 PM sheila888-â™¥ wrote:
No my geography is pretty good. I love to see where countries and Islands are located. I really enjoy it. Australia is good i think they are 12 or 13 hours ahead of us. My home country is 7 hours ahead of us.
I meant the title of the thread to somebody tucking Meece in....lol
Jan 23, 2010 06:27 PM patoo wrote:
Hmmmmmmmmm, that might be a good idea although Meece may not agree
But I'm afraid we would have a tough time deciding which forum to post it in.
American Samoan Islands - do we own, support or is it like the Virgin Islands?
Signing off for the evening, though. Enjoy.
Jan 23, 2010 07:04 PM, edited Jan 23, 2010 07:21 PM by sheila888-â™¥
Well the quarter just came out for Samoa Islands
Like Guam and that other island in pacific. I have to google it now.
It says Territory of United States. They are six hours behind us like Hawaii. have their own flag
I guess Meece is stucked.
Good Night Patoo!
Jan 24, 2010 06:35 AM Meece wrote:
Thank you so muc for arranging my tucking. It must have worked because I went to bed pretty early (8:00). Still up at 5 am. That sux! I have two days a week I could sleep in, and I CAN'T!