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What Do Those Initials Mean?

Healthcare professionals may be certified to provide care in special areas, and they use abbreviations to show those credentials. If you are wondering what a medical abbreviation means, you can look it up online at Here are some examples.

  • AOCN-Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse
  • BSN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • CMT-Certified Massage Therapist
  • FACP-Fellow of the American College of Physicians
  • FACS-Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • LCSW-Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Treatment Decisions

How can I make a decision about my treatment?

Talking often with your doctor or healthcare provider is important in making informed decisions about your healthcare. These websites have resources that may also help:

(S) = Servicios disponsibles en español. Services available in Spanish

(S) Cancer.Net Guide to Breast Cancer
Oncologist-approved information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology on stages of care from prevention through post-treatment.

(S) National Cancer Institute
Learn about treatment options by stage.

(S) National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Patient-friendly, reliable resources developed by a nonprofit network of 21 leading cancer centers, with the American Cancer Society.