NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2014
A controlled loss of feeling in a small area of the body from
An organ in the body made of airways and air sacs.
A clear fluid containing white blood cells.
lymph node sampling
Removal of one group of disease-fighting cells from a cluster.
Small groups of special disease-fighting cells located
throughout the body.
Tube-shaped ducts that carry lymph throughout the body.
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
A test that uses radio waves and powerful magnets to make
pictures of the inside of the body showing the shape and
function of body parts.
mediastinal lymph nodes
Groups of disease-fighting cells in the middle of the chest.
A thin, long tube fitted with tools to do work inside the chest.
Use of a long, thin tool inserted through a small cut above
the breastbone to view organs inside the middle of the chest
and remove tissue.
The area of the chest between the lungs.
All health events and medications taken to date.
A doctor who’s an expert in the medical therapies for cancer.
A rare cancer that starts in the thin layer of tissue that covers
most organs inside the body.
A single layer of cells that makes lubricating fluid and that
lines most organs inside the body.
The spread of cancer cells from the first tumor to another
A team that includes a number of doctors and other health
care professionals who are experts in different areas of
The treatment given before the main treatment used to cure
A period of testing right after treatment to check that
treatment worked; or testing to monitor cancer to decide
when to start treatment.
A procedure that uses a surgical cut to remove samples of
tissue or fluid to test for disease.
A gas in the air that the body needs to live.
The outer layer of the tissue lining around the lungs.
A doctor who’s an expert in testing cells and tissue to find
A test that assesses blood flow in and out of the lungs.
The tissue lining around the heart.
The tissue lining around the organs in the belly area.
The tissue lining around the lungs.
The removal of a sample of the tissue lining around the lungs
to test for disease.
A tube that drains fluid from the chest.
The space between the two layers of tissue lining around the