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Lung Cancer & Related Acronyms

Compiled by Lorraine Johnston & Karen Parles, MLS

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A

ABG: arterial blood gases
AE: adverse event
ANC: absolute neutrophil count
ARDS: adult respiratory distress syndrome



B

BAC: bronchioloalveolar carcinoma
BAN: breath-actuated nebulizer
BID: twice-a-day
BOOP: bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia
BSC: best supportive care
BUN: blood urea nitrogen



C

CBC: complete blood count
CDC: Center for Disease Control
CEA: carcinoembryonic antigen
cGy: centigrey
CHF: congestive heart failure
CIS: carcinoma in situ
CNS:
carcinoma in situ
CO: carbon monoxide
CO2: carbon dioxide
COPD:
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
COX: cyclo-oxygenase
CPAP: continuous positive airway pressure
CPT:
chest physiotherapy
CR:
complete response
CRT: creatinine
CT: computed tomography
CTC: common toxicity criteria
CTEP: Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program
CVC: central venous catheter
CVP:
central venous pressure
CXR:
chest x-ray



D

DVT: deep vein thrombosis
dx: diagnosis



E

ECG: electrocardiogram
ECOG: Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
EGFR: epidermal growth factor
EGFR:
epidermal growth factor receptor
EKG: see ECG
EPP:
see extrapleural pneumonectomy
ERV:
expiratory reserve volume
ESR: erythrocyte sedimentation rate
ETS: environmental tobacco smoke



F

FDA: Food and Drug Administration
FEF: forced expiratory flow
FET: forced expiratory time
FEV: forced expiratory volume
FEV1: forced expiratory volume in one second
FN: false negative
FNA: fine-needle aspiration
FP: false positive
FRC: functional residual capacity
FVC: forced vital capacity
fx: family history



G

GERD: gastroesophageal reflux disease
GLU:
glucose
Gy: gray



H

HB: hemoglobin
HBP: high blood pressure
HCT: hematocrit
HRCT: high resolution CT scan
hx: history



I

IC: inspiratory capacity
ILD: interstitial lung disease
IMRT: intensity modulated radiation therapy
IND: investigational new drug
IPF: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
IRB:
Institutional Review Board
IRV: inspiratory reserve volume
IV: intravenous



J



K

KPS: Karnofsky Performance Status



L

LCSS: Lung Cancer Symptom Scale
LLL: left lower lobe
LPM: liters per minute
LUL: left upper lobe



M

MCV: mean corpuscular volume
MDI: metered dose inhaler
MEP:
maximal expiratory pressure
MIP: maximal inspiratory pressure
MPE:
malignant pleural effusion

MPV: mean platelet volume
MRI: magnetic resonance imaging
MTD: maximum tolerated dose
MVV: maximum ventilatory volume



N

NCI: National Cancer Institute
NED: no evidence of disease
NSCLC: non-small cell lung cancer
NSIP: nonspecific interstitial pneumonia



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P

PCA: patient-controlled analgesia
PCI: prophylactic cranial irradiation
PD: progressive disease
PDT: positron emission tomography
PE: pulmonary embolism
PEFR: peak expiratory flow rate
PET: positron emission tomography
PFS: progression free survival
PFT: pulmonary function test
PG: prostaglandin
PICC: peripherally inserted central catheter
PLT: platelet count
PPV: positive predictive value
PRN: as needed
PS: performance status
PTX: pneumothorax
px: prognosis



Q

QA: quality assurance
QOL: quality of life



R

RAD: reactive airway disease
RBC:
red blood cell
RCT:
randomized controlled trial
RECIST: Response Evaluation Criteria In Solid Tumors
RFA: radiofrequency ablation
RLL: right lower lobe
RML: right middle lobe
RRT: registered respiratory therapist
RUL: right upper lobe
RV: residual volume
rx: prescribed drug



S

SAE: serious adverse event
SCLC:
small cell lung cancer
SD: stable disease
SIADH: syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone
SICU: surgical intensive care unit
SNP: single nucleotide polymorphism
SOB: shortness of breath
SPECT: single photon emission computed tomography
SUR: standardized uptake ratio
SUV: standardized uptake value
SVCS: superior vena cava syndrome
sx: symptoms



T

3DRT: three-dimensional radiation therapy
TLC: total lung capacity
TN: true negative
TP: true positive
TPN: total parenteral nutrition
TSH: thyroid
TTO: transtracheal oxygen therapy
tx: treatment



U

UIP: usual interstitial pneumonia
ULN:
upper limit of normal



V

VATS: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery
VC: vital capacity
VEGF: vascular endothelial growth factor



W

WBC: white blood cell
WBR: whole brain radiation
WBRT: whole brain radiation therapy

WNL: within normal limits
W&W: watch & wait; watchful waiting



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