Long-Running Threads and Prostate Cancer Abbreviations

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Tony Crispino
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Long-Running and/or Quasi-Sticky Thread List.

From time to time members ask that some thread they find particularly valuable be made sticky (like this thread) so they can always be found. Unfortunately, having too many sticky threads clutters up the first page of the forum and Peter is reluctant to approve more than two sticky's per forum. As a compromise, I am starting a thread to hold a list of long-running threads. You can always find that list by Clicking Here -- PeterDisAbelard

Prostate Cancer-Related Abbreviations

The rest of this thread is dedicated to those abbreviations that all see from time to time on our medical reports, online sites (like this one), or in medical literature. I welcome all entries. So if there are any you encounter let me know here and I will organize them and update the list.

Updated: 03/20/2013

AAT - androgen ablation therapy (same as ADT and HT)
AAWR – anti-androgen withdrawal response
ABDCTSCAN - abdominal CAT scan
ACTH - adrenal corticotropic hormone, also known as corticotropin
ADT - androgen deprivation therapy (same as AAT and HT)
ADT2 - androgen deprivation therapy using two agents (typically the same as just ADT)
ADT3 - triple androgen deprivation therapy (same as ADT but with the addition of finasteride/Proscar or dutasteride/Avodart)
AG - aminoglutethemide
ALK PHOS - alkaline phosphatase
ALT - alanine aminotransferase
ANEUP – aneuploid
AS – active surveillance
AST - aspartate aminotransferase
AT - aneuploid/tetraploid
AUS - artificial urinary sphincter
BCR - biochemical recurrance
BILI - bilirubin
BMD - bone mineral density
BMI - Body Mass Index
BP - Bluestein prediction
BPH - benign prostatic hyperplasia (also hypertrophy)
BPSA - baseline PSA (used to mean an initial PSA value taken long before any risk of prostate cancer is suspected or a PSA value at the time of diagnosis)
BRACHY - brachytherapy
BS - bone scan

BT - brachytherapy
BTW - by the way
BUN - blood urea nitrogen
B/P - blood pressure
BX - biopsy
CAB - complete androgen blockade (the combination of either surgical or medical castration with an antiandrogen like bicalutamide/Casodex)
CADT - continuous androgen deprivation therapy
CaP - cancer of the prostate
CATH - catheter
CAT SCAN - computerized axial tomography (same as CT scan)
CBC - complete blood count
CDUS - color-flow Doppler ultrasound
CEA - carcinoembryonic antigen
CGA - chromogranin A
CHB - combined hormone blockade (see also CAB, CHT, CHB2, CHT2)
CHB2 - CHB with 2 medications (e.g., Lupron + Casodex)
CHB3 - CHB with 3 medications (e.g. CHB2 + Proscar)
CHBNDT - CHB non-detectable [PSA] time
CHEMO - chemotherapy
CHT - combined hormonal therapy or treatment (see also CAB, CHB)
CHTx3 or CHT3 - see CHB3
CIS - cancer information service (of the National Cancer Institute)
CPA - cyproterone acetate
CP - capsular penetration
CRPC – castration-resistant prostate cancer
CREAT - creatinine
CRYO - cryotherapy, cryoablation, cryosurgery
CS - clinical stage
CT SCAN - computerized tomography (also known as CAT scan or CT scan)
D - diploid
DES – diethylstilbestrol (an estrogen)
DHEA - dihydroepiandrosterone
DHEA-S - DHEA-sulfate
DHT - dihydrotestosterone
DI - diploid index
DIP - diploid
DNA - deoxyribonucleic acid
DRE - digital rectal examination
DX - diagnosis
DXM - dexamethasone (Decadron)
EBR - external beam radiation
EBRT - external beam radiation therapy
ED – erectile dysfunction
EKG - electrocardiogram
ELISA - enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
EPE - extra prostatic extension
EPO - erythropoeitin (Procrit, Epogen)
EXBT - external beam therapy
EXRT - external radiation therapy
FDA - Food and Drug Administration (USA)
FP – family practitioner
FYA - for your amusement
FYI - for your information
G - Gleason's score
GG - Gleason's grade
GNRH - gonadotropin-releasing hormone (see also LHRH)
GP - general practitioner
Gray - GY - an amount of radiation absorbed (One Gy = 100 rad)

GS - Gleason score
GY - Gray - an amount of radiation absorbed (One Gy = 100 rad)

HA - hormone ablation
HB - hormone blockade
HC - hydrocortisone
HCT - hemotocrit
HDK - high dose ketoconazole (Nizoral)
HDR – high dose rate (usually pertains to brachytherapy
HEM/ONC – hematologic oncologist
HGB - hemoglobin
HIFU- high intensity focused ultrasound
HMO - health maintenance organization
HPF - high powered field (under a microscope)
HRPC – hormone-refractory (or hormone-resistant) prostate cancer
HT - hormone therapy (same as AAT and ADT)

HW - Healing Well (this site)
HX – medical history
IADT – intermittent androgen deprivation therapy
IAS - intermittent androgen suppression
IHT – intermittent hormone therapy
ICHT - intermittent combined hormone therapy
IGRT – image guided radiation therapy
IHT - intermittent hormone therapy
IMHO - in my humble opinion
IMNSHO- in my not so humble opinio
IMPT - intensity modulated proton therapy
IMRT – intensity modulated radiation therapy
IVP - intravenous pyelogram
IV - intravenous, into a vein
Keto - ketoconazole (Nizoral)
LAFB - Left Anterior Fascicular Block
LARP – laproscopic robotic prostatectomy
LF - laser fulguration (also: left side or flank)
LHRH - luteinizing hormone releasing hormone
LNCaP - cell line of human prostate cancer used in laboratory studies
LRP - laparoscopic radical prostatectomy
M0-1 – Status of cancer metastasis, subset of staging
MAB - maximal androgen blockade (same as CAB)
MAD - maximal androgen deprivation (same as CAB)
MCP - modified citrus pectin
MD - moderately differentiated, medical doctor
MED/ONC – medical oncologist
MIP - Molecular Imaging Program
MIRs - micro RNA's
MRI - magnetic resonance imaging
N0-N3 - status of cancer in the lymph nodes (subset of staging)
NDPSA - non-detectable PSA
NDX - new diagnosis
NEG - negative
NHB - neoadjuvant hormone blockage
NHT - neoadjuvant hormone therapy
NIH - National Institutes of Health (USA)
NL - nil (non-detectable response)
NP - Narayan prediction
NSAID - Non-Seroidal Anti-Inflamatory Drug (Ibuprophen, Aspirin)
NSE - neuron-specific enolase
ONC - oncologist
ONJ - osteonecrosis of the jaw
ORCH - orchiectomy
P53 - p53 gene
PAACT - Patient Advocates for Advancement in Cancer Therapy
PAP - prostatic acid phosphatase
PARP - poly(adenosine diphosphate [ADP]-ribose) polymerase
PBRT - proton beam radiation therapy, or also, prostate bed radiation therapy
PBT - proton beam therapy
PC - prostate cancer
PCa - prostate cancer
PCA3 - prostate cancer gene 3 (a genetic marker for prostate cancer), also used to mean a urine test designed to indentify the presence or absence of this genetic marker (properly “PCA3 test”)
PCD - prostate cancer [personal] digest
PET Scan - Positron emission tomography scan
PD - poorly differentiated
PDQ - Physician's Data Query ( a service of the National Cancer Institute)
PIN - prostatic intraepithelial (or intraductal) neoplasia
PNI - perineural invasion
POS - positive
PP - Partin prediction

PPI - post prostatectomy incontinence
PPO - preferred provider organization
PRL – prolactin
PRP – see RPP
PSA - prostate specific antigen
PSA II - prostate-specific antigen type II assay
PSA RT-PCR - PSA reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction
PSADT - PSA doubling time
PSAV - PSA velocity
PSM - prostate specific membrane
PSMA - prostate specific membrane antigen
PV - prostate volume
QCT - quantitative computerized tomography (bone density scan)
QOL – quality of life
RAD/ONC – radiation oncologist
RALP – robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (similar to LRP but with “robotic” assistance)
RO – radiation oncologist
RP - radical prostatectomy
RPP - radical perineal prostatectomy
RRP - radical retropubic prostatectomy
RT - radiation therapy; also: right side
RT-PCR or RTPCR - reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction
RT PCR PSA - reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction done on PSA
RT PCR PSM - reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction done on PSM
RX – prescription
SBRT - stereotactic body radiation therapy

SE – side effects

SEEDS - brachytherapy
SI - seed implantation
SRT - salvage radiation therapy

STP - stereotactic transperineal prostate biopsy
SVI - seminal vesicle invasion (or involvement)
T - testosterone, also tetraploid
T0-T4 - status of cancer in the prostate itself (subset of staging)
TAB - total androgen blockade
TETRA - tetraploid

TFT - targeted focal therapy
TIP - timed intervention periot (time in period)
TOP - time off period
TRT - testosterone replacement therapy
TRUS - transrectal ultrasound
TRUS-P or TRUSP - transrectal ultrasound of the prostate
TTND - time to non-detectable
TURP, TUR/P - transurethral resection of the prostate
TX - treatment
TZ - transition zone (of prostate)
URO - urologist
US - ultrasound
UTI - urinary tract infection
URL - universal resource locator; e.g., an address on the
UTI - urinary track infection
VED - vacuum erection device
WBC - white blood cell count
WBC/HPF - white blood cells counted per high powered field (of a microscope.)
WD - well differentiated
WPRT - whole pelvic radiation therapy
WW - watchful waiting
XRT - external radiation therapy
YO - year(s) old

Post Edited By Moderator (PeterDisAbelard.) : 12/13/2014 6:51:55 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 5/4/2011 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Could consider these:
AR (androgen receptor)
Ploidy (DNA analysis)
VEGFR (vascular endothelial growth factor receptor)
comedonecrosis (associated with Gleason 5)
necrosis (similar to above)
mcrpca (metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer)
molecular pathology (getting into the genetics and stainings in pathology testings)
Cox-2, Her-1, Her-2/neu, PAP (gene also), P27, BLC-2 (etc.)

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 5/4/2011 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought about expanding to a glossary but that's more works than I want. Instead I will grab the abbreviations in your list and add them over the weekend. I just posted the list on several websites and I will wait to get whatever replies and then edit away.



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   Posted 6/14/2011 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Brand new to this forum - but came across this term:

PSAD-TZ which apparently means the PSA Density in the Transition Zone of the Prostate.

Here's one article that briefly mentions it as being "highly accurate" - whatever that might mean.

Hope it's OK to post link addys - I'll go review the forum rules...

Post Edited (Tikvah) : 6/14/2011 10:38:33 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/2/2013 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
just noticed: HGPIN is missing from the list, as its commonly talked about in biopsy reports
Age: 60, 56 at PC dx, PSA 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/8 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, 4+3
Open RP: 11/8, Catheter in 63 days
Path Rpt: 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% tumor, 1 pos margin
Incontinence & ED: None
Surgery Failed, recurrence within 9 months
Salvage Radiation 10/9-11/9, SRT failed within 9 months, PSA: Too High
Spent total of 1 ½ years on 21 catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10,
7 other PC-related surgeries 2009-2012

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 8/3/2013 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll fix this list later tonight or tomorrow. I have a few to add.

I'm only with my Macbook right now, it's easier to edit in my other PC box.

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   Posted 10/2/2013 1:00 AM (GMT -6)   
GFMPH ? what is abreviating ?
Age at diagnosis 66 (July '10), PSA 200, highest PSA 254, lowest PSA April '11 3.2, Gleason Score 9, 50% 4+5, 40% 4+4, 1 core negative, treatment cosudex and Zoladex , PC metastized to lymph nodes and bones. Joined Prevail trial MDV3100 December '11, CABG in August '10 , 2010 was a hellava year ! Holmium Laser Turp October '12 and again February '13, April 2013 PSA 7.7, May PSA 9, Aug PSA 13

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   Posted 10/2/2013 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
RangerTug said...
GFMPH ? what is abreviating ?

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