NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,777 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
(helth in-SHOOR-ents por-tuh-BIH-lih-tee ... uh-KOWN-tuh-BIH-lih-tee ...)
A 1996 U.S. law that allows workers and their families to keep their health insurance when they change or lose their jobs. The law also includes standards for setting up secure electronic health records and to protect the privacy of a person’s health information and to keep it from being misused. Also called HIPAA and Kassebaum Kennedy Act.