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Medical Terms You Need To Know

Many newly diagnosed are inundated with new acronyms that folks think they already know.

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Head and Neck Cancer Survivors

Frequently used acronyms in Head and Neck Cancer and what they stand for:

HNC- Head and neck cancer

SCC- Squamous cell carcinoma

ACC- Adenoid cystic carcinoma

MEC – Mucoepidermoid carcinoma

SNEC-Small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma 

NPC-Nasopharyngeal carcinoma

cSCC-Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

Tx-Treatment plan

NED-No evidence of disease

SBRT- Stereotactic body radiation therapy (Targeted radiation)

DX-Diagnosis or diagnosed

FNA-Fine needle aspiration

HPV-Human Papillomavirus

P16- Strain of HPV

BOT-Base of tongue

LO – Loved one

PRN – As needed (from the Latin, “pro re nata”-meds not scheduled)

EBV – Epstein-Barr Virus 

NPO – Nothing by mouth (from the Latin, ‘Nil per so’)

VPI – Velopharyngeal insufficiency (insufficiency closing of the soft palate) 

ORN – Osteoradionecrosis    

LN – Lymph node

SCM- Sternocleidomastoid muscle

IMRT- Intensity modulated radiation therapy

PBT – Proton beam therapy

SP- Status post (refers to recent condition)often used in medical 

HX- History of

CT or CAT scan – Computerized tomography scan .

IMPT- Intensity modulated proton therapy

TORS-TransOral Robotic surgery

PNI- Perineural Invasion

LVI- Linfovascular Invasion

MOHS –  Micro-graphically oriented histographic surgery

MRND-  Modified radical neck dissection

PET Scan- Positron emission tomography

MRI- Magnetic Resonance Imaging

ID- Immune  Deficiency

MTD- Multidisciplinary Team

Rx- Prescription

PN- Peripheral neuropathy 

RAD Onc- Radiology oncologist 

CLT- Certified Lymphedema Therapist

MLD- Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapy

CMLDT or MLD-C- Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapist. 

LE- Lymphedema

ENT- Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor)

PCP- Primary Care Physician

NG – Naso gastric

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