NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
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Part 8: Tools
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Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
• Pleural effusion is the buildup of extra fluid between the two layers of tissue lining the lungs.
• Pleural thickening is widespread scarring of the tissue around the lungs.
• Get tested for mesothelioma if you have had pleural effusion, pleural thickening, or both.
• Imaging scans and tests of pleural fluid and tissue are needed to confirm if you
Review of Part 3 – Testing for mesothelioma