Sunday, August 21, 2011

Getting a Handle on the Abbreviations & Acronyms

My Own Little "AA" Pocket Reference

ALND = axillary lymph node dissection
ANS = Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)
BILAT = bilateral
BHRT = bioidentical hormonal replacement therapy
BRCA = breast cancer type 1 susceptibility protein
CAM = complimentary alternative medicine
CNS = central nervous system
CT = computerized tomography
DCA = dichloroacetate
DCIS = ductal carcinoma in-situ
DFS = disease-free survival
EGFR = epidermal growth factor receptor
ER = estrogen receptor
IDC = infiltrating (invasive) ductal carcinoma
ILC = infiltrating (invasive) lobular carcinoma
LCIS = lobular carcinoma in-situ
METS - metastatic
MRI =  magnetic resonance imaging
OS = overall survival
PetScan [PET] = positron emission tomography
PgR = progesterone receptor
SNLB = sentinel node biopsy

I will be adding to this list as I learn more during this next stage. This is just the basic primer for now.


  1. Hello,
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  2. Hi David. My IPAD won't let me do that right now. Technology is lovely, isn't it? Please feel free to check out my profile and email me your question.

    Thanks for checking in. TC