NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma - page 24

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2014
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Staging
mesothelioma
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Tests for staging
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Clinical stages
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Cell subtypes
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Based on the tests in Part 3,
your doctors will let you know if
you have mesothelioma. If you
do, a multidisciplinary team of
experts with experience treating
mesothelioma should determine
your treatment. Your team may
include a radiation oncologist,
surgeon, medical oncologist,
diagnostic imaging specialist, and
pulmonologist.
Tests for staging
Once mesothelioma is confirmed, your doctors will
need to know the stage of the cancer. The cancer
stage is a rating by your doctors of how far the cancer
has grown and spread. The cancer stage is based
on the results of certain tests. It is used to plan which
treatments are best for you. The recommended tests
for cancer staging are listed in
Chart 3
below.
Chart 3. Recommended tests for staging
Chest and abdominal CT with contrast,
Possible chest MRI (
m
agnetic
r
esonance
i
maging), and
Possible VATS and/or laparoscopy
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