NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma - page 32

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
Version 1.2012
Part 7: Accepting a treatment plan
Having cancer is very stressful. While absorbing the fact
that you have cancer, you must learn about tests and
treatments. In addition, the time you have to accept a
treatment plan feels short. Parts 1 through 6 aimed to
teach you about pleural mesothelioma. Part 7 addresses
issues related to accepting a treatment plan.
Benefits of a treatment plan
A treatment plan is a written course of action through
treatment and beyond. It can help you, your loved ones,
and your treatment team. A treatment plan is useful for:
• Starting and guiding talks about treatment,
• Teaching what the treatment choices are,
• Informing everyone of the decisions made,
• Pinpointing who is in charge of each part of care,
• Controlling stress,
• Knowing what to expect,
• Changing from one doctor to another,
• Improving contact among your doctors, and
• Providing care for all issues.
Parts of a treatment plan
A treatment plan addresses all cancer care needs while
respecting your beliefs, wishes, and values. It is likely
to change and expand as you go through treatment.
The plan will include the role of your doctors and how
you can help yourself. A treatment plan often has the
following parts:
Cancer information
Cancer can greatly differ even when people have a tumor
in the same organ. Test results that describe the cancer
are reported in the treatment plan. Such test results
include the cancer site, mesothelioma cell type, and
cancer stage.
Your treatment team
Pleural mesothelioma should be treated by a
multidisciplinary team with experience in mesothelioma.
Your treatment team may include a radiation oncologist,
thoracic surgeon, medical oncologist, diagnostic imaging
specialist, and pulmonologist. Your primary care doctor
can also be part of your team. Besides doctors, you
may receive care from nurses, social workers, and other
health experts. Ask to have the names and contact
information of your health care providers included
in the treatment plan.
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