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#22555 - 03/14/07 07:38 PM Abbreviation questions  
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Just a quick question about the info at the bottom of replies. Where on the site can find the abreviations used so I can add this info to my profile. I have figuered out That Tx is treatment and Dx is diagnosis. IMRT has be stumped.
I also want to thank all who participate is this site, as it is becoming a big help to me and my wife. It is also providing info and comfort to my daughters who live in Columbus, Ohio and Poquoson, VA. They think that good old pops will sometimes try to be the tough guy and not let on what is really happening.

Thanks again,


SCC lf tonsil. Tx started 03/07/07,39 rads,8 docetaxel & 4 bevacizumab. Re-occured 02/19/08 back of throat. Tx35 rads 8 chemo. Tx started 05/05/08. PEG re-inserted April,2007.
#22556 - 03/14/07 09:17 PM Re: Abbreviation questions  
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IMRT is a form of radiation , I dont know the whole term for it . SCC = sqaumous cell carcinoma
BOT = base of tongue
Cisplastin is a form of chemo
Brachytherapy is a form of internal radiation
HBO = hyperbaric oxygen treatment
HMMMMM I can't think of anymore of top of my head ..but keep askin !!! Someone will be able to answer

35 year old Female Non smoker, very occasional alcohol ..Scc T1N0M0,partial glossectomy and left neck disection ,2/9/07 No rad deemed ness. 4/16 tonsillectomy ..Trimengenial Neuralga due to surgery
#22558 - 03/14/07 09:50 PM Re: Abbreviation questions  
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Gary, here's a list with some referenced links.

SCC - Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Dx - Diagnosis
Rx - Prescription
Tx - Therapy? Treatment?
BOT - Base of tongue
PEG - Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy aka feeding tube

HPV - Human papillomavirus
rad - radiation
ENT - Ear, nose, throat Doctor aka Otolaryngologist
Glossectomy - Removal of tongue
Metastasis - Spreading of the cancer
XRT - Conventional external beam radiation therapy aka EBT
IMRT - Intensity modulated radiation therapy

PET - Positron emission tomography scan
CT/CAT - Co-axial tomography scan
EBT - External beam radiation therapy aka XRT
OCF - Oral Cancer Foundation
CCC - Comprehensive cancer center or clinic; A tumor board at a cancer center will include doctors trained in different disciplines. Having your case presented and evaluated by this type of multidisciplinary team will give you the best options for treatment, considering all possibilities from their different areas of expertise.

HBO - Hyper-baric oxygen Patient given oxygen under pressure prior to dental surgery.
Stage - Development of the cancer

TNM - System for describing the cancer

NCCN - National Comprehensive Cancer Network (an alliance of 20 leading comprehensive cancer centers).

Margins - Refers to the margins of biopsied tissue; clean margins indicate that all the visible cancerous cells were removed.
Biopsy - Removal of sample or whole of suspect tissue

Xerostomia - Dry mouth resulting from reduced or absent saliva flow
RO - Radiological oncologist
MO - Medical oncologist
DO - Dental oncologist

Age 67 1/2
Ventral Tongue SCC T2N0M0G1 10/05
Anterior Tongue SCC T2N0M0G2 6/08
Base of Tongue SCC T2N0M0G2 12/08
Three partial glossectomy (10/05,11/05,6/08), PEG, 37 XRT 66.6 Gy 1/06
Neck dissection, trach, PEG & forearm free flap (6/08)
Total glossectomy, trach, PEG & thigh free flap (12/08)
On August 21, 2010 at 9:20 am, Pete went off to play with the ratties in the sky.
#22559 - 03/15/07 01:09 PM Re: Abbreviation questions  
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Thanks for Asking this Pete60.

I was looking for this information long time ago.

Hope all is going well with you.

Take care,

2004 SCC R.tip 1/4 tongue Oct. 2005 R. Neck SCC cancer/Chemo Cisplatin 2x/8wks. Rad. Removed Jugular vein, Lymph gland & some neck muscle. TX finished 1/20/06... B.Cancer 3/29/07 Finished 6/07 Bi-op 7/15/09 SCC in-situ, laser surgery removed from 1st. sight. Right jaw replacement 11/3/14. 9 yrs cancer free as of Jan. 2015
#87823 - 01/11/09 05:08 AM Re: Abbreviation questions [Re: DM32ASA]  
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Posting on this thread so this moves up to the top. Its not easy for newer people to know all the abbreviations we use around here. Not sure if a newer list is available.

SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line IV antibx 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile
#87828 - 01/11/09 01:34 PM Re: Abbreviation questions [Re: ChristineB]  
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NCI (which was left blank above) = National Cancer Institute, which is the cancer-research arm of the National Institutes of Health.


April 2006: Husband dx by dentist with leukoplakia on tongue. Oral surgeon's biopsy 4/28/06: Moderate dysplasia; pathology report warned of possible "skip effect." ENT's excisional biopsy (got it all) 5/31/06: SCC in situ/small bit superficially invasive. Early detection saves lives.
#87829 - 01/11/09 03:33 PM Re: Abbreviation questions [Re: Leslie B]  
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Minnesota, land of 10,000 taxe...
I'v been trying to find the list I started (and many contributed to) But have not had luck. Perhaps It got relocated. Does anyone know where it went?

Mark, 17 Years survivor, SCC right tonsil, 3 nodes positive, one with extra-capsular spread. I never asked what stage (would have scared me anyway) Right side tonsillectomy, radical neck dissection right side, maximum radiation to both sides, no chemo, no PEG, age 40 when diagnosed.
#87830 - 01/11/09 03:41 PM Re: Abbreviation questions [Re: Mark]  
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Age 58 at Dx, HPV16+ SCC, Stage IV BOT+2 nodes, non smoker, casual drinker, exercise nut, Cisplatin x 3 & concurrent IMRT x 35,(70 Gy), no surgery, no Peg, Tx at Moffitt over Aug 06. Jun 07, back to riding my bike 100 miles a wk. Now doing 12 Spin classes and 60 outdoor miles per wk. Nov 13 completed Hilly Century ride for Cancer, 104 miles, 1st Place in my age group. Apr 2014 & 15, Spun for 9 straight hrs to raise $$ for YMCA's Livestrong Program. Certified Spin Instructor Jun 2014.
#87837 - 01/11/09 06:19 PM Re: Abbreviation questions [Re: davidcpa]  
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Thanks David I had been searching for this too.


SCC Floor of Mouth 7/06
9/06 Surgery, bilateral neck dissection, 58 nodes clear PT2pN0pMx
35 rad 2006
Recurred 6/08, 1 Carboplatin, 1 Cisplatin
Surgery 9/08 - Total glossectomy, free flap from pectoral muscle, left mandible replaced using fibula
35 IMRT & Erbitux 11/08
4/15/09 recurrence
6/1/09 passed away, rest in peace
#87854 - 01/11/09 11:52 PM Re: Abbreviation questions [Re: Good1]  
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I just sent this thread to Chester so he would make it a permanent part of the FAQ's and the New Posters must read forum.

Brian, stage 4 oral cancer survivor. OCF Founder and Director. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
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