Guide to Cancer Acronyms


To help WhatNexters, we have put together a list of acronyms commonly used on the site along with their translations. We would like to provide beginners with the most comprehensive list possible.

If you use any other acronyms, especially those that are relevant to cancer, please comment below and we will add them to list!

list of acronyms

Cancer Acronyms -

  • AML - Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • CLL - Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • CML - Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
  • DX - Diagnosis
  • TX - Treatment
  • RX - Prescription
  • OTC - Over the Counter
  • SX - Surgery
  • HX - History
  • NED - No Evidence of Disease
  • NOS - Not Otherwise Specified
  • R/O - Rule Out
  • NKA - No Known Allergies
  • BC - Breast Cancer
  • TNBC - Triple Negative Breast Cancer
  • IDC - Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
  • ER - Estrogen receptor
  • PR - Progesterone receptor
  • HER2 - Human Epidermal growth factor Receptor
  • BRCA - Breast Cancer gene mutation
  • PC - Prostate Cancer
  • BMT - Bone Marrow Transplant
  • CBC - Complete Blood Count
  • EBRT - External Beam Radiation Therapy
  • H&H - Hematocrit & hemoglobin
  • NP - Nurse Practitioner
  • PA - Physician’s Assistant
  • PCP - Primary Care Physician
  • SCT - Stem Cell Transplant
  • CAM - Complementary Alternative Medicine/Treatment
  • RAI - Radioactive Iodine Therapy
  • CEA - Carcinoembryonic Antigen (a tumor marker for colon cancer)
  • CR - Complete Response to Chemotherapy
  • CRC - Colorectal Cancer
  • DFS - Disease Free Survival (used to describe the time that a patient is NED)
  • EGFR - Epithelial Growth Factor Receptor
  • HIPEC - Heated Chemotherapy used to wash out the Peritoneal/Abdominal Cavity
  • LAR - Low Anterior Resection (surgery used for rectal cancer)
  • LN - Lymph Node
  • mCRC - Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
  • Met - Metastasis
  • MRD - Minimal Residual Disease
  • NOS - Not Otherwise Specified
  • NSCLC - Non Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • OS - Overall Survival
  • PD - Progressive Disease (while on chemotherapy)
  • PFS - Progression Free Survival (used to describe the time that a patient is stable)
  • PRC - Partial Response to Chemotherapy
  • PSA - Prostate Specific Antigen
  • RFA - Radio Frequency Ablation
  • VATS - Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • CBC - Complete Blood Count
  • WBC - White Blood Count
  • TE - Tissue Expander
  • AI - Aromatase Inhibitor
  • KRAS/BRAF - mutations in colorectal cancer cases

Other Acronyms -

  • ICYMI - In Case You Missed It
  • INMO - In my humble opinion
  • DD - Dear/darling daughter
  • DF - Dear/darling father
  • DH - Dear/darling husband
  • DIL - Daughter-in-law
  • SIL - Son-in-law
  • DM - Dear/darling mother
  • DS - Dear/darling son
  • FIL - Father-in-law
  • MIL - Mother-in-law
  • LOL - Laugh out loud
  • 12 Comments
    • dallasgirl's Avatar
      dallasgirl

      Psa prostate specific antigen

      about 3 years ago
    • ERDeb's Avatar
      ERDeb

      WBC white blood count,

      about 3 years ago
    • Themom's Avatar
      Themom

      How about PAB2

      about 1 year ago