Unconventional Cancer Treatments

Appendix B: Glossary of Abbreviations

AAM: Alliance for Alternative Medicine
ACCC: Association of Community Cancer Centers
ACS: American Cancer Society
ACSH: American Council on Science and Health
ADS: Agua del Sol
AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AMA: American Medical Association
AQA: American Quack Association
ASCO: American Society for Clinical Oncology
BC/BS: Blue Cross/Blue Shield
BCBSA: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
BCBSNJ: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey
BCG: bacillus Calmette-Guerin
BP: Blocking Protein
BPF: Blocking Protein Factor
CACR: Center for Alternative Cancer Research
CAG: Clinical Appraisal Group
Caltech: California Institute of Technology
CANAH: Coalition for Alternatives in Nutrition and Healthcare
CCS: Cancer Control Society
CDC: Centers for Disease Control (Public Health Service, DHHS)
CFCM: Committee for Freedom of Choice in Medicine
CHAMPUS: Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services
CIS: Cancer Information Service (NCI)
CPT: Current Procedural Terminology (4th edition)
CRS: Cancer Response System (ACS)
CT: computed tomography
DATTA: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technology Assessment program (AMA)
DHHS: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
DMF: Drug Master File
DMSO: dimethyl sulfoxide
DNA: deoxyribonucleic acid
DNCP: Diet, Nutrition, and Cancer Program (NCI)
DO: doctor of osteopathy
DP: Deblocking Protein
DPF: Deblocking Protein Factor
ECaP: Exceptional Cancer Patients
ELISA: enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
ERISA: Employee Retirement Income Security Act
FACT: Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapies
FAM: Foundation for Alternative Medicine
FDA: Food and Drug Administration (DHHS)
FDCA: Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
FTC: Federal Trade Commission
FTCA: Federal Trade Commission Act
GAO: General Accounting Office (U.S. Congress)
GRAS: generally recognized as safe
HCFA: Health Care Financing Administration (DHHS)
HCG: human chorionic gonadotropin
HIV: human immunodeficiency virus
HNF: Hans Nieper Foundation
HPB: Health Protection Branch, Health and Welfare Canada
HTLV-III: human T-cell lymphotropic virus, type III (formerly, human T-cell leukemia virus, type III) (see HIV)
IACVF: International Association of Cancer Victors and Friends
IAT: Immuno-Augmentative Therapy
IATPA: IAT Patients' Association
ICD: International Classification of Diseases (9th revision)
IL-2: interleukin-2
IND: Investigational New Drug
IRB: Institutional Review Board
IRC: Immunology Researching Centre, Inc. (Bahamas)
IRF: Immunology Research Foundation (Great Neck, NY)
JCAHO: Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations
LAV: lymphadenopathy-associated virus
MAC: Multispecialty Advisory Committee (BCBSNJ)
MCHSF: Medicare Continuous History Sample File
MD: medical doctor
MNP: Medical Necessity Program (BCBSA)
MSKCC: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
NACAA: National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators
NAPRALERT: Natural Product Data Base
NCAHF: National Council Against Health Fraud
NCI: National Cancer Institute (NIH)
NDA: new drug application
NDGA: nordihydroguaiarectic acid
NHCAA: National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association
NHF: National Health Federation
NHL: non-Hodgkins lymphoma
NIH: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
NK: natural killer (cells)
NRC: National Research Council (National Academy of Sciences)
OPMC: Office of Professional Medical Conduct (State of New York)
OTA: Office of Technology Assessment (U.S. Congress)
PAC: Pharmaceutical Advertising Council
PAHO: Pan American Health Organization
PC: Progenitor cryptocides
PDQ: Physician Data Query (NCI)
PDT: photodynamic therapy
PNI: psychoneuroimmunology
PRO: utilization and quality control peer review organization
RCT: randomized clinical trial
RDA: recommended daily allowance
RICO: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
SEER: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (NCI)
TA1: Tumor Antibody 1
TA2: Tumor Antibody 2
TC: Tumour Complement
TEC: Technology Evaluation and Coverage Program (BCBSA)
TIF: tumor induction factor
TNF: tumor necrosis factor
UCLA: University of California at Los Angeles
USCA: U.S. Court of Appeals
USP: U.S. Pharmacopeia
USP DI: U.S. Pharmacopeial Dispensing Information
USPS: U.S. Postal Service

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