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The terminology used in cancer research is just one of many barriers to interpreting clinical research. This dictionary will help you get on your feet quickly, in plain English.

You probably met jargon as one of your first challenges in reading cancer-related articles. And clinical research is absolutely full of it. There are enough abbreviations and strange concepts to trouble even trained readers, let alone someone just trying to do some due diligence.

This glossary is designed to help investors overcome the initial barriers of terminology. For almost everything in cancer, there is a some kind of simple explanation, and I want to help you come to grips with them!


Disease control rate (abbreviated DCR)

Duration of response (abbreviated DOR)


Landmark analyses

Objective response rate (abbreviated ORR)

Overall survival (abbreviated OS)

Progression-free survival (abbreviated PFS)

Targeted therapy

Time-to-event analysis


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