Abbreivations --- For our new members -- just a guideline for all

VickiSam Member Posts: 9,079 Member
edited May 2014 in Breast Cancer #1

*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.) *

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 - A benign (not cancer) condition in which there are more cells than normal in the lining of breast ducts and the cells look abnormal under a microscope.
Having atypical ductal hyperplasia increases the risk of breast cancer. Also called ADH and atypical ductal breast hyperplasia..

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

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
Dx (Diagnosis)
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
Lump (Lumpectomy)
Lt ~ Left

Mast (Mastectomy)

Med Onc (MO) - medical oncologist
Mets (Metastasis)
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

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'.

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

In medical notes, you often have to look at the context. With some
abbreviations, it can be difficult.

Strength, Courage and HOPE for a Cure.

Vicki Sam


  • cinnamonsmile
    cinnamonsmile Member Posts: 1,187 Member
    Here are a couple others:

    Here are a couple others:

    BM also means bowel movement

    SO means significant other

  • WildernessGirl
    WildernessGirl Member Posts: 58 Member

    Here are a couple others:

    Here are a couple others:

    BM also means bowel movement

    SO means significant other


    Thank you for the listing of the abbreviations/acronyms - very helpful for the "newbies".