Below is just my basic experience with some of the Acronyms.
OC (Ovarian Cancer)
Right off the bat at the doctors appointments we are hearing letters and not knowing what they are or mean. Several times I was told
to check the
OMD (Online Medical Dictionary)
My last chemo finished up Sept 2016. I then wait not so patiently for three months just to here these three little letters
NED (No Evidence of Disease).
Not meant to be for this round of Chemo ... for there is lesion on the upper dome of my liver. It was decided that we will wait another month, and I am to return in January. My CA125 Marker only went up a few points and the Doctor suggests that we take a Lets Wait And See Approach until April. So I decided I would make my own acronym for this and it comes out (LWASA). If you say it out loud, it kinda sounds French don't you think?
Here is where my humor goes a little further south as some may say.
If one is not NED or has a re-occurrence, we are sometimes labelled " Chronic" - love the meaning of this word. A long duration, frequent occurrences. This is the new term to replace
Terminal and /or are not in remission.
When we start researching and discussing about additional treatments, here is where I flat out get my feathers ruffled.
These treatments are referred to as 2nd Line therapies, which I understand the term and it's usage.. I'm ok with this but as we start digging a little deeper some doctors and literature refer to the treatments as-
" Salvage Therapy" - recycling of waste material.
All of this makes one all warm and fuzzy inside doesn't it.
I thought I was the only one feeling a bit overwhelmed at times with all of this jargon, but no.
Here are 2 sites all about Medical Acronyms
Cancer Acronyms for beginners
This one doesn't even have Ovarian Cancer listed, isn't that sweet.
another article I found online.
post in NY Times by Susan Gubar