Who's who and useful terminology
Here are some common abbreviations that you may hear following a diagnosis of cancer, and during and after treatment:
CNS – clinical nurse specialist
HNA – holistic needs assessment. The assessment ensures that people’s physical, practical, emotional, spiritual and social needs are met in a timely and appropriate way, and that resources are targeted to those who need them most.
MDT – multidisciplinary team. This is a group of care professionals from different disciplines who work together to make decisions regarding your treatment and care.
GP – general practitioner
SFU – stratified follow-up. This is about steering individuals onto the best pathway to address their specific needs.
MAGS – Macmillan Advice and Guidance Service
MAPS – Macmillan Cancer Psychological Support team
SAT – systemic anticancer therapy. This refers to chemotherapy, antibodies and targeted molecules.