Topic: Discussion Board Abbreviation Key

Forum: Info & Resources for New Patients & Members From the Team — How-to Tips, Community Rules, and What to Do if You've Just Been Diagnosed. MODS and ADMINS only topics here.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2011 03:56AM - edited Jun 9, 2022 10:30PM by moderators

Posted on: Aug 27, 2011 03:56AM - edited Jun 9, 2022 10:30PM by moderators

moderators wrote:

Thanks to all the members who have contributed; please Private Message the moderators with any additions and we'll add them to the list.


Abbreviations below are for informational purposes only as taken from posts or submitted by your fellow community members. Your medical team is the final authority on any and all information contained in your personal medical records.



ABUS - Automated Breast Ultrasound


AC - doxorubicin (brand name: Adriamycin) and cyclophosphamide (brand name: Cytoxan), a common chemotherapy combination.


AI - aromatase inhibitors


ADH - atypical ductal hyperplasia


AKA - also known as


ALH - atypical lobular hyperplasia


ALND/AND - axillary lymph node dissection/axillary node dissection


APBI - Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation


AWS - Axillary Web Syndrome (also known as Cording)


B9 - benign


BART - BRACAnalysis Rearrangement Test


BC - breast cancer


Bi-Lat - bilateral (eg. bilateral mastectomy is the removal of both breasts)


BIRADS - Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System score


BM or BMX - bilateral mastectomy (removal of both breasts)


BS - breast specialist/surgeon


BTW - by the way OR between


Bump - written to bubble a thread up in the active topics


BWT - but what the ____!


C. diff - Clostridium difficile, often called C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon.


CAT - computerized tomography scan (also CT scan)


CC - capsular contracture


CEA - carcinoembryonic antigen, a tumor marker in the blood


CHF - congestive heart failure


CMF - cyclophosphamide (brand name: Cytoxan), methotrexate (brand names: Amethopterin, Mexate, Folex), fluorouracil (also called 5-fluorouracil or 5-FU; brand name: Adrucil), a common chemotherapy combination.


CT scan - computerized tomography scan (also CAT scan)


DCIS - ductal carcinoma in situ


DD - dose dense, in reference to chemotherapy; or dear daughter when referencing family


DH - dear husband


DIEP - deep inferior epigastric perforator flap breast reconstruction


DIL - daughter-in-law


DP - dear partner


DS - dear son


Dx - diagnosis


DW - dear wife


ER+/- - estrogen receptor positive (+) or negative (-)


FEC - fluorouracil (also called 5-fluorouracil or 5-FU; brand name: Adrucil), epirubicin
(brand name: Ellence), cyclophosphamide (brand name: Cytoxan), a common chemotherapy combination.


FG - fat graft


FIL - father-in-law


FISH - Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization, a type of pathology test


FNA - fine needle aspiration, a type of biopsy


FWIW - for what it's worth


GCM - Glucosamine chondroitin with MSM (for joint pain relief)


H - Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab)


HER2 +/- - human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 positive (+) or negative (-). Read more on HER2 status.


HT - hormonal therapy


HRT - hormone replacement
therapy


Hx - history


IBC - inflammatory breast cancer


IDC - invasive ductal carcinoma


IDK - I don't know


IGAP - Inferior Gluteal Artery Perforator Flap


IHC - ImmunoHistoChemistry, a type of pathology test


ILC - invasive lobular carcinoma


IMF - infra-mammary fold (the crease/fold under the breast)


IMHO - in my humble opinion


IMO - in my opinion


IORT - intraoperative radiation therapy


IPLC - invasive pleomorphic lobular carcinoma, a subtype of invasive lobular carcinoma


KWIM - know what I mean


LAVH - laparoscropic assisted vaginal hysterectomy


LCIS - lobular carcinoma in situ


LD flap - latissimus dorsi flap breast reconstruction


LE - lymphedema


Lump - lumpectomy


Lt - left


LVI - lymphatic/vascular invasion


Lx - lumpectomy


Mast - mastectomy


MBC - metastatic breast cancer


Med Onc - medical oncologist


Mets - metastasis


MIL - mother-in-law


MLD - manual lymph drainage


MO - medical oncologist


Mojo - sex, or lack of; libido


MPBC - metaplastic breast cancer


MRA - magnetic resonance angiogram


MRI - magnetic resonance imaging


MRSA - Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection


MX - mastectomy


NAC - nipple-areolar complex, a term used in nipple-sparing mastectomy


NB - Navelbine (chemical name: vinorelbine)


NEAD - no evidence of active disease


NED - no evidence of disease


NP - nurse practitioner


NSM - nipple-sparing mastectomy


ODAAT - one day at a time


ONC - oncologist


Ooph - oophorectomy or ovary removal


OS - overall survival


P - Perjeta (chemical name: pertuzumab)


PAP Flap - profunda artery perforator flap


Path - pathology


PASH - Pseudoangiomatous stromal hyperplasia


PBM - prophylactic bilateral mastectomy


PCC - Penguin cold caps


PCP - primary care physician


pCR - Pathological Complete Response


PE - pleural effusion or pulmonary embolism


PET scan - Positron Emission Tomography scan


PET-CT scan - a combination of PET and CT scans


PFC - perfluorinated compounds


PFC - post final chemo


PFS - Progression Free Survival


PICC - peripherally inserted central catheter, sometimes called an arm port


PILC - pleomorphic invasive lobular carcinoma


PM - private message


PPI - proton pump inhibitor


PR +/- - progesterone receptor positive (+) or negative (-)


PS - plastic surgeon


QOL - quality of life


RADS - radiation therapy or radiotherapy


Rad onc - radiation oncologist


RO - radiation oncologist


RS - recurrent score


ROFLOL - rolling on floor laughing out loud


Rx - prescription


Rt - right


SCF - supraclavicular fossa


SE - side effects


SERMs - Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators


SFX - side effects


SGAP Flap - superior gluteal artery perforator flap


SIL - sister-in-law


SNB - sentinel node biopsy


SOB - short of breath


SOH - sense of humor


Sx - surgery or symptoms


SP - status post


TAH-BSO - Total Abdominal Hysterectomy - Bilateral Salpingo Oophorectomy


TCH - taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel), carboplatin (brand name: Paraplatin), herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab)


TCHP - Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel), carboplatin, Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab), Perjeta (chemical name: pertuzumab)


TE - temporary expanders or tissue expanders, used in breast implant reconstruction


TIA - thanks in advance


TL;DR - too long; didn't read: a quick note used by authors of a post to preface lengthy posts with a quick summary of the topic and question, so others don't have to read further if not necessary


TM - tumor markers


TN - triple negative (negative status for ER, PR, and HER2)


TNBC - triple negative breast cancer (negative status for ER, PR, and HER2)


TMI - too much information


TRAM flap - transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap reconstruction
flap


TX - treatment


WBC - white blood count


WBR - whole brain radiotherapy


WNL - within normal limits


XRT - X-ray therapy


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