Originally posted by Brian in 2009

Abbreviations and Definitions for Common Terms

BaCC = Basil Cell Carcinoma Biopsy Tissue sample removed for microscopic examination

BOT = Base of tongue Brachytherapy = Radiation therapy with internal radioactive seeds

CAT/CT = Computed Axial Tomography (scan); CT Computed (Computer tomography (scan)

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. https://oralcancerfoundation.org/resources/

Dives = Treatments in a HBO Unit

DO = Dental oncologist DX - Diagnosis EBT - External beam radiation therapy aka XRT ENT - Ear, nose, throat Doctor aka Otolaryngologist

FNA = Fine needle aspiration (Needle Biopsy) Glossectomy - Removal of tongue HBO - Hyper-baric oxygen Patient given oxygen under pressure prior to dental surgery.

HIPAA = Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act HNC = Head and neck cancer HPV - Human papilloma virus

IMRT = Intensity modulated radiation therapy https://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/imrt-radiation/ Margins - Refers to the margins of biopsied tissue; clean margins indicate that all the visible cancerous cells were removed. https://oralcancerfoundation.org/discovery-diagnosis/

MET(s) = Metastasis or cancer spread

MO = Medical oncologist

MRI = Magnetic Resonance Imaging (scan)

NCCN - National Comprehensive Cancer Network (an alliance of 20 leading comprehensive cancer centers). https://oralcancerfoundation.org/treatment/guidelines-during-treatment/

OCF - Oral Cancer Foundation PCP = Primary Care physician PEG - Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy aka feeding tube https://oralcancerfoundation.org/nutrition/peg-tube-feeding-overview/

PET = Positron emission tomography scan

PT = Physical therapist

QOL = Quality of Life

RAD = Radiation

RND = Radical Neck dissection (sometimes resection) also Modified

RO = Radiation Oncologist

RT = Radiation Therapy [(also Radiotherapy (Radio)]

RX = Prescription or treatment

SCC(a) = Squamous cell Carcinoma also SqCCA and sq cell ca

Stage - Development of the cancer https://oralcancerfoundation.org/discovery-diagnosis/stages-of-cancer/

TNM - System for describing the cancer

TX = Treatment/therapy Xerostomia - Dry mouth resulting from reduced or absent saliva flow

XRT - Conventional external beam radiation therapy aka EBT

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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