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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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: Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
Version 1.2012
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Part 7: Accepting a treatment plan
Cancer treatment
There is no single treatment practice that is best for all patients. There is often
more than one treatment option. Treatment planning takes into account many
factors, such as:
• The cancer stage and cell type,
• Location of the cancer,
• Your general health,
• Treatment side effects,
• Costs of treatment, and
• What you want from treatment.
The cancer treatment that you agree to have should be reported in the treatment plan.
It is also important to note the goal of treatment and the chance of a good treatment
result. In addition, all known side effects should be listed and the time required to treat
them should be noted.
Your treatment plan may change because of new information. You may change your
mind about treatment. Tests may find new results. How well the treatment is working
may change. Any of these changes may require a new treatment plan.
Stress and symptom control
Cancer and its treatment can cause bothersome symptoms. You may also have
symptoms from the stress of having cancer. Such symptoms include pain, sleep
loss, and anxiety. There are ways to treat many symptoms, so tell your treatment
team about any symptoms you have so they can help.
Financial stress is common. You may be unemployed or miss work during
treatment. You may have too little or no health insurance. Discuss these issues
with your treatment team and they will include information in the treatment plan
to help you control your finances.
Definitions:
Cancer stage:
Rating of
the growth and spread of
the cancer
Diagnostic imaging
specialist:
A person
trained to read pictures of
the body from imaging tests
Medical oncologist:
A
doctor who’s an expert in
cancer drugs
Pulmonologist:
A doctor
who’s an expert in treating
lung diseases
Radiation oncologist:
A doctor who’s an expert
in treating cancer with
radiation
Side effect:
An unplanned
physical or emotional
response to treatment
Thoracic surgeon:
A
doctor who’s an expert in
operating on organs inside
the chest
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