NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,863 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.

personal history
(PER-suh-nul HIH-stuh-ree)
A collection of information about a person’s health that allows the person to manage and track his or her own health information. A personal history may include information about allergies, illnesses, surgeries, immunizations, and results of physical exams, tests, and screenings. It may also include information about medicines taken and health habits, such as diet and exercise. Also called personal health record, personal medical history, and PHR.