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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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: Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
Version 1.2012
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Part 5: Treating mesothelioma
Definitions:
Chemotherapy:
Drugs that
stop the growth process
of cells in an active growth
phase
Contrast:
A dye put into
your body to make clearer
pictures during imaging
tests
Radiation oncologist:
A doctor who’s an expert
in treating cancer with
radiation
Side effect:
An unplanned
physical or emotional
response to treatment
CT
= Computed
tomography
EPP
= Extrapleural
pneumonectomy
P/D
= Pleurectomy/
decortication
Acronyms
Stage I – III epithelioid or mixed mesothelioma
You will be alone while the technician operates the machine from a nearby room.
He or she will be able to see, hear, and speak with you at all times. As treatment
is given, you may hear noises.
One session can take between 30 to 60 minutes. You will likely have 5 sessions
a week. Radiation therapy lasts 4 to 5 weeks if no cancer cells were found in the
normal-looking tissue around the tumor removed during surgery. If cancer is found,
radiation therapy lasts about 5 to 6 weeks.
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