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Last update: 11/08/2015

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Also see General Abbreviations & Acronyms remission.org 
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ABBREVIATIONS

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TYPES OF BLOOD CANCERS

ALL - acute lymphocytic leukemia
BL - Burkitt's lymphoma
CLL- chronic lymphocytic leukemia
CML- chronic myeloid leukemia
CNS- central nervous system
DLCBL -diffuse large B cell lymphoma
FL - follicular lymphoma
fNHL- follicular non-Hodgkins lymphoma
HD -Hodgkins lymphoma (4 subtypes)
1) NLPHL- nodular lymphocyte predominant
2) NSHD - Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkins Disease
3) MCHL - Mixed-Cellularity Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
4) CHL - Classic Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
NHL- non-Hodgkins lymphoma (many subtypes)
MCL- mantle cell lymphoma
MALT - Mucosa-Associated Lymphoid Tissue (a type of lymphoma)
MZL- Marginal Zone Lymphoma
SLL -small lymphocytic lymphoma
WM = Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia
 

TYPES OF TREATMENTS

ABVD- Chemotherapy that includes: Adriamycin (= Doxorubicin = Hydroxyl Daunorubcin), Bleomycin (= Blenoxane = Bleomycin Sulfate), Vinblastine, Dacarbazine (= DTIC)
AUTO - Autologous Transplant (A type of transplant where the patient’s own stem cells or bone marrow is used)
ALLO - Allogeneic Transplant (A type of transplant where someone donates the stem cells or bone marrow)
B - bendamustine
BEACOPP - bleomycin, etoposide, adriamycin, cyclophosphamide, vincristine, procarbazine, prednisone.
BEAM- busulfan, etoposid, ara-c, melphalan
BMT -Bone Marrow Transplant (autologous BMT-your own marrow; allogeneic BMT-someone else's marrow
CHOP- cyclophosphamide, adriamycin, vincristine, prednisone
COP- cyclophosphamide, vincristine, prednisone
CVP -- cyclophosphamide, vincristine, prednisone
EPOCH etopside, prednisone, vincristine, cyclophosphamide (cytoxan), adriamycin
FCM - Fludarabine, Cyclophosphamide, Mitoxantrone
FCR - Fludarabine, Cyclophosphamide, rituximab
GY- Gray, unit of radiation
HDC - high dose chemotherapy--often used to condition one before a BMT
ICE ifosfamide, carboplatin, etoposide
IFRT - involved field radiation
Mab or MoAb monoclonal antibodies (i.e. Campath-1H, Rituxan, Bexxar)
MCP - mitoxantrone, chlorambucil, predisone
MOPP nitrogen mustard, vincristine, procarbazine, prednisone
MUD an allogenic transplant using a matched unrelated donor
Oncovin - vincristine (the O in CHOP)
PBSCT - Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant (see also SCT)
R Rituxan
RIT Radioimmunotherapy
SCT stem cell transplant
Stanford V - mechlorethamine, adriamycin, vinblastine, vincristine, bleomycin, etoposide, prednisone
TBI total body irradiation
VBR - bortezomib, bendamustine, rituximab
XRT external radiation therapy
 

INSTITUTIONS, ORGANIZATIONS, ALLIANCES AND JOURNALS

AACR- American Association of Cancer Researchers
ASCO- American Society of Clinical Oncologists
ASH -American Society of Hematologists
CIS -cancer information service (of NCI) 1-800-4-CANCER
EORTC- European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer
FDA- Food and Drug Administration (USA)
IBMTR- International Bone Marrow Transplantation Registry
NCCN - National Comprehensive Cancer Network
NMDP -- National Marrow Donor Program 1 (800) 526-7809
NCI- National Cancer Institute (USA)
NEJM- New England Journal of Medicine
NHS- National Health Service (UK)
NICE -National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (UK)
NIH- National Institutes of Health (USA)
LLS- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
LRF -Leukaemia Research Fund (UK)
LSA -Leukemia Society of America (USA)
MDA - MD Anderson cancer centre in Texas
MSK - Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer centre in New York.
NHS- National Health Service (UK)
SWOG = Southwest Oncology Group (performs studies)



SUPPORT BOARDS OR EMAIL LISTS:

AFAIK - As Far As I Know
AFK - Away From Keyboard
ASAP - As Soon As Possible
b.s. - some of the language used to deter us from research
BRB - Be Right Back
BTW - By The Way
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
FIL - Father-in-law (MIL mother-in-law)
FUBAR - Fed Up Beyond All Recognition
FWIW - For or What It's Worth
FYI - For Your Information
hd - heavy duty or Hodgkin's disease
h.t.s. - hard to say, ie "you don't want to go there"!!!!
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
IMO - In My Opinion
IYKWIM - If You Know What I Mean
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
NTA - Non-Technical Acronym
OTOH - On The Other Hand
PMJI - Pardon My Jumping In
ROTFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing
RTFM - Read The Manual
SO - Significant Other
OHF - Sense Of Humour Failure
SPAM - Stupid Persons' AdvertiseMent
TIA - Thanks In Advance
TPTB - The Powers That Be
TTFN - Ta Ta For Now
WB - Welcome Back
WRT - With Respect To
WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary
YWIA - You're welcome in advance

Also see General Abbreviations & Acronyms remission.org
 

GENERAL - ACROSS THE BOARD:

A - asymptomatic

A - When "A" is listed after lymphoma stage, it means the person is not having symptoms caused by lymphoma

ANC- Absolute neutrophil count

AFAIK - As Far As I Know

AFK - Away From Keyboard

ALL acute lymphocytic leukemia

ALLO - Allogeneic (A type of transplant where someone donates the stem cells or bone marrow)

ASAP - As Soon As Possible

AUTO - Autologous (A type of transplant where the patient’s own stem cells or bone marrow is used)

B- When "B" is listed after the lymphoma stage it means the person has symptoms caused by lymphoma

B/P - Blood Pressure

b.s. - some of the language used to deter us from research

B/P Blood Pressure

BEAM busulfan, etoposid, ara-c, melphalan

BMA bone marrow aspiration

BMB - Bone Marrow Biopsy

BMT Bone Marrow Transplant
(autologous BMT-your own marrow; allogeneic BMT-someone else's marrow

BRB - Be Right Back

BTW - By The Way

bx - biopsy

CBC- Complete Blood Count

CI - confidence interval (statistical measure)

CS- Clinical Stage

CBC Complete Blood Count

CSF - Cerebral-Spinal Fluid

CHEMO - Chemotherapy

Chemotherapies and Monoclonal Antibody Treatments

CHOP cyclophosphamide, adriamycin, vincristine, prednisone

CIS cancer information service (of NCI) 1-800-4-CANCER

CLL - Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (see also SLL which is the same disease)

CML chronic myeloid leukemia

CNS - Central Nervous System

COP cyclophosphamide, vincristine, prednisone

CR complete remission (or response)

CS Clinical Stage

CSF - Cerebral-Spinal Fluid

CT Cat Scan (computerized tomography)

DFS - disease free survival

DLCBL diffuse large B cell lymphoma

dx - diagnosis

EBV- Epstein Barr virus

EFS - event free survival

ESR- Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate

EPOCH etopside, prednisone, vincristine, cyclophosphamide (cytoxan), adriamycin

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

FDA Food and Drug Administration (USA)

FIL - Father-in-law (MIL mother-in-law)

FLIPI = Follicular Lymphoma International Prognostic Index

FISH- Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (genetic test for abnormalities in tumor)

FL follicular  lymphoma

fNHL follicular non-Hodgkins lymphoma

FUBAR - Fed Up Beyond All Recognition

FWIW - For or What It's Worth

FYI - For Your Information

G-CSF - Granulocyte colony stimulating factor (stimulates white blood production)

GM-CSF - Granulocyte Macrophage colony stimulating factor

GP General Practitioner: Doctor within NHS (UK)

GVHD - Graft Versus Host Disease

h.t.s. - hard to say, ie "you don't want to go there"!!!!

HCT Hematocrit The percentage of red blood cells in the blood. A low hematocrit measurement indicates anemia.

HCT- Hematocrit The percentage of red blood cells in the blood. A low hematocrit measurement indicates anemia.

HD - Hodgkins lymphoma (4 subtypes)

Hem/Onc- hematologist/oncologist

HEMONC - Haematologist/Oncologist

HGB - hemoglobin

HLA- Human leukocyte antigen test A special blood test used to match a blood or bone marrow donor to a recipient for transfusion or transplant

HD - heavy duty or Hodgkin's disease

HD Hodgkins lymphoma (4 subtypes)

HDC high dose chemotherapy--often used to condition one before a BMT

Hem/Onc hematologist/oncologist

HEMONC - Haematologist/Oncologist

HGB hemoglobin

HLA - Human leukocyte antigen test A special blood test used to match a blood or bone marrow donor to a recipient for transfusion or transplant.

HR - hazard ration
 

Ig - Immunoglobulin (antibodies: IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG, IgM)

ICE ifosfamide, carboplatin, etoposide

IFRT - involved field radiation

Ig Immunoglobulin (IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG, IgM)

IMHO - In My Humble Opinion

IMO - In My Opinion

IV intravenous, placed directly into a vein

IYKWIM - If You Know What I Mean

LLS Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

LOL - Laughing Out Loud

LRF Leukaemia Research Fund (UK)

LSA Leukemia Society of America (USA)

Mab or MoAb monoclonal antibodies (i.e. Campath-1H, Rituxan, Bexxar)

MALT - Mucosa-Associated Lymphoid Tissue (a type of lymphoma)

MCL mantle cell lymphoma

MD Medical Doctor (USA)

MDA - MD Anderson cancer centre in Texas

MOAB - Monoclonal Antibody (Drugs like Rituxan, Zevalin, Bexxar, Lymphocide etc)

MOPP nitrogen mustard, vincristine, procarbazine, prednisone

MSK - Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer centre in New York.

MUD - Matched Unrelated Donor (a type of allogeneic transplant with a donor not related to patient)

MUD a transplant using a matched unrelated donor

NCI National Cancer Institute (USA)

NED No Evidence of Disease

NHL non-Hodgkins lymphoma (many subtypes)

NHS National Health Service (UK)

NIH National Institutes of Health (USA)

NTA - Non-Technical Acronym

ONC - Oncologist

OS- overall survival

OR overall remission (or response)

ORR overall response rate

OTOH - On The Other Hand

PCR- Polymerase Chain Reaction

PD - progressive disease

PDQ - Physician's Data Query

PFS - Progression free survival

PBSCT - Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant (see also SCT)

PET PET scan (positron emission tomography)

PICC - Peripherally inserted central catheter

PMJI - Pardon My Jumping In

PR - Partial Remission

PR partial remission (or response)

R Rituxan

RBC red blood count

RIT radioimmunotherapy (bexxar/zevalin)

ROTFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing

ROTFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing

RNA- Ribonucleic Acid

RTFM - Read The Manual

RX - Prescription

RX prescribed medication

SCT - Stem Cell Transplant (same thing as PBSCT)

SCT stem cell transplant

SD - stable disease

SLL - Small lymphocytic lymphoma (see also CLL which is the same disease)

SO - Significant Other

SOHF - Sense Of Humour Failure

SPAM - Stupid Persons' AdvertiseMent

Stage I NHL is present in one group of lymph nodes or in one body organ.

Stage II NHL is present (on one side of the diaphragm) in two or more groups of lymph nodes, or an organ and 1 or more group of lymph nodes.

Stage III NHL is present in lymph nodes on both sides of the diaphragm.

Stage IV NHL is present in many groups of lymph nnodes and has spread to body organs such as the liver, bones or lungs.

SUV - Standardize Uptake Value (a measure of metabolic activity by a PET scan)

SX - symptoms

TBI total body irradiation

TIA - Thanks In Advance

TPTB - The Powers That Be

TTFN - Ta Ta For Now

TTF - time to treatment failure

TTP - time to progression

TX - Treatment or prescription medication

TX treatment

WB - Welcome Back

WBC - White Blood Count

WBC white blood count

WRT - With Respect To

W&W watch and wait (also called watch and worry ( http://forums.lymphoma.com/images/ubbgraemlins/wink.gif)

WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get

XRT external radiation therapy

YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary

YWIA - You're welcome in advance

 
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