Glossary

The following Glossary lists some of the medical and other terms used on this website.

  • Analgesics: Pain killers. Can be mild eg. paracetamol, moderate or strong, eg. morphine
  • CCG: Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Community Care: Care provided by district nurses and other HCPs
  • Complementary Therapy: Treatments such as acupuncture
  • CPR: Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • CQC: Care Quality Commission
  • CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility
  • DNACPR: Do Not Attempt Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • EPA: Enduring Power of Attorney
  • HCP: Health Care Professional
  • LPA: Lasting Power of Attorney – two types, one for Health and one for Financial matters
  • MDT: Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Metastases: Cancer that has spread beyond the primary (original) site
  • Oncologist: A hospital consultant specialising in the care of cancer
  • Opiates: Strong pain killers, eg. morphine
  • Palliative Care: Usually refers to care provided to deal with symptoms for illnesses for which curative treatment is not possible
  • Power of Attorney: A legal document containing instructions with an individual’s wishes for health care or financial matters
  • PPC: Preferred Priorities for Care
  • Primary Cancer: The original site of the cancer
  • Primary Care: GP care
  • Secondary Cancer: Cancer that has spread beyond the primary (original) site
  • Secondary Care: Hospital care