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Buzzard
Buzzard Member Posts: 3,043
edited March 2014 in Colorectal Cancer #1
This was something that Kimby had earmarked that I found .........


ACRONYM ABBREVIATIONS:

ac = before meals
ADL = activities of daily life (eating, dressing, showering, etc.)
Anti-angiogenesis - the process of stopping new blood vessels from forming
APR = anterior perineal resection
Bevacizumab (Avastin) - a drug used to stop new blood vessels from forming
BID = twice a day
CBC – Complete Blood Count – see expanded explanation below
CEA - Carcino-embryonic Antigen - this is a tumor marker for Colon Cancer.
Cetuximab (Erbitux) - HELP!
CR = Complete response to chemotherapy
CR = Complete response to chemotherapy
CRC - colorectal cancer
DH - Dear Husband
DFS - disease free survival - used to describe the time that a patient is NED
DX - diagnosis
EGFR - Epithelial Growth Factor Receptor - the key to Erbitux and Vectibix's actions
FOLFIRI - chemo regimen using 5-FU, Leucovorin and Irinotecan (Camptosar)
FOLFOX - chemo regimen using 5-FU, Leucovorin, and Oxaliplatin (Eloxatin)
HIPEC - heated chemotherapy used to wash out the peritoneal/abdominal cavity
hs = at bed time
KRAS - a part of the DNA of the cancer cell which they now know has a connection to whether the EGFR class of drugs will be effective on your cancer.
KRASmt - Mutant Type - means that the cancer's KRAS gene HAS mutated, and thus is unlikely to respond to the EGFR drugs
KRASwt - Wild Type - means that the cancer's KRAS gene has not mutated and will respond to the EGFR drugs
LAR – Low Anterior Resection – surgery used for rectal cancer
LAR = low anterior resection
LN - Lymph node
mCRC - metastatic colorectal cancer
Met - metastasis
MRD - minimal residual disease
NED - no evidence of disease
NG tube (nasogastric tube)
OS - overall survival
Oxi - shorthand for Oxaliplatin
Panitumibab (Vectibix) - HELP!
pc = after meals
PD = Progressive disease while on chemotherapy
PD = Progressive disease while on chemotherapy
PFS - progression free survival - used to describe the time that a patient is stable, or showing no worsening/progression of the disease
PR = Partial response to chemotherapy
PR = Partial response to chemotherapy
PRN - 'pro ne rata' meaning when necessary
PS - Performance Status - a term used to describe your overall ability to function, dressing yourself, eating, physical activity, etc.
PSD - peritoneal surface disease - means that the cancer has spread to the abdominal cavity and is on the surface of the organs rather than within the organs
PX - prognosis
QD = every day
QID = four times a day
QOD = every other day
RCa = rectal cancer
RFA - Radio Frequency Ablation
Temp = temporary, as in “temp ileo”
TID - three times a day
TNM – a system of staging cancer
TPE or CPE = total (or complete) pelvic exenteration (used to be called pelvic evisceration). It's complete removal of all remaining organs in the pelvis, including the bladder, and usually requires double ostomies.
TPN = total parenteral nutrition, or nutrient liquid delivered via IV or PICC line.
TX - treatment
VEGF - Vascular endothelial growth factor - the part of the cancer cell dealing with new blood vessel formation
XELIRI - Xeloda and Irinotecan
Xeloda (Capecitabine) - Oral 5-FU (pill form)
XELOX - Xeloda and Oxaliplatin - also called CAPOX for CAPecitabine and OXaliplatin


That will be 39.95 payable in yak dollars or Chuckie Cheese tokens....thank you.....

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