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Recommended Abbreviations for Abstractors

Even in the age of computerized abstracts with coded fields, text is still required to supplement and support coded information. In writing this text, registrars rely on abbreviations, especially in response to time and record space constraints. Abbreviations can generate confusion, however, as they may vary among different institutions and different specialties. Because abbreviations should be understood by any reader, only those that are clear and precise should be used. The NAACCR Recommended Abbreviations and Acronyms lists were compiled for cancer abstractors and the agencies to which they submit their data.

This section consists of three tables:

  1. Recommended Abbreviations for Abstractors
  2. Context Sensitive Abbreviations
  3. Acronynms Used