Prostate Cancer Abbreviations ~ help request

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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 5/4/2011 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
It's been a while since I last updated the abbreviations list we keep at the top on this forum. I have been managing it for three years now and it is linked at several awesome prostate cancer websites now. Good for the HW site, too. But I periodically would like to have folks look it over and see if you see something missing. If you do see something missing, just post it in that thread and I will eventually get it updated. Thanks to all for the help. Over time I think it has become the most comprehensive such list available. Here it is:

Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/16/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
Undetectable PSA.


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   Posted 5/4/2011 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's a few recently discussed here at HW but not on the list:

CZ – Central zone; one of three anatomical zones of the prostate; only 1-5% of prostate cancer from this region

DSS – Disease Specific Survival

GY – Gray; unit of absorbed radiation dose of ionizing radiation

HR – Hazard Ratio; the effect of an explanatory variable on the hazard or risk of an event

IDLE tumor” -- InDolent Lesions of Epithelial origin; possible re-naming of Gleason 3+3 tumors

OS – Overall Survival

PFS – Progression Free Survival

PZ – Peripheral zone; one of three anatomical zones of the prostate; origin of up to 70% of prostate adenocarcinoma

RR – Response Rate

TNM Stage -- Tumor, Nodes, and Metastases; a cancer staging system that describes the extent of cancer in a patient’s body

TTP – Time To Progression

TZ – Transitional zone (already listed in abbreviations); one of three anatomical zones of the prostate; only 20% of prostate cancer arise from this region

Post Edited (Casey59) : 5/4/2011 11:13:31 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/5/2011 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe some more:

AR androgen receptor
VEGFR (vascular endothelial growth factor receptor)
ploidy (dna analysis)
necrosis or comedonecrosis (associated with Gleason 5's)
mcrpac (metatstatic castrate resistant prostate cancer)
BLC-2, PAP, P27, Her-1, HER-s/neu, Cox-2 (various genes like P53)
Molecular pathology (new buzz words)
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