NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma - page 44

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2014
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Supportive care
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Risk factors for mesothelioma
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Cancer can be very stressful. While
absorbing the fact that you have
cancer, you also must learn about
tests and treatments. In addition,
the time you have to decide on
a treatment plan may feel short.
Parts 1 through 6 aimed to teach
you about pleural mesothelioma.
Part 7 addresses issues related to
deciding on 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
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42 Benefits of a treatment plan
42 Parts of a treatment plan
44 Getting a 2
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