Glossary of medical and other terms


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