NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2014
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Smoking can worsen your overall health and how well
your lungs work. If you are a smoker, it is important
to talk with your treatment team about ways to quit. It
may also be very helpful to join a support group.
Many patients with cancer experience symptoms
of distress, such as anxiety and depression. You
may feel anxious during testing, or you may have a
passing depression during a hard part of treatment.
Feeling distressed may be a minor problem, or it may
be more serious. Serious or not, tell your treatment
team so that you can get help if needed. Help can
include support groups, talk therapy, or medication.
At your cancer center, cancer navigators, social
workers, and other experts can help. Some people
also feel better by exercising, talking with loved ones,
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• Supportive care is the treatment of symptoms
of a disease.
• Talc pleurodesis or a pleural catheter can treat
• Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or pain
medication may be used to treat chest pain.
• Talk to your doctor about ways to quit smoking
and about treatment for distress.