NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2014
Excess fluid between the two layers of tissue lining around
The liquid in the space between the two layers of the tissue
lining the lungs.
Cancer that starts in the tissue lining around the lungs.
One layer of cells in the tissue lining around the lungs that
makes lubricating fluid.
A concentrated area of scarring in the tissue lining the lungs.
Widespread scarring in the tissue lining the lungs.
Surgery that removes the tumor and affected part of the
tissue lining the lung.
positron emission tomography (PET)
A test that uses radioactive material to see the shape and
function of organs and tissues inside the body.
The main treatment used to rid the body of cancer.
The first mass of cancer cells in the body.
The likely course and outcome of a disease.
A detailed plan of a medical study, treatment, or procedure.
proton beam therapy
Radiation therapy (use of high-energy rays to destroy cancer
cells) that uses protons to treat a disease.
pulmonary function tests
A set of breathing tests to test the strength of the lungs.
A doctor who’s an expert in treating lung diseases.
A doctor who’s an expert in treating cancer with radiation
(use of high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells).
The use of high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells.
A doctor who’s an expert in reading imaging tests.
Matter with energy that is put into the body to make pictures
An outcome or improvement related to treatment.
Something that increases the chance of getting a disease.
A cell subtype of pleural mesothelioma that is less common;
cells of the sarcomatoid subtype are spindle-shaped and in
The next treatment(s) given when the first treatment fails.
One treatment is given after another, rather than both being
given at the same time.
A group of asbestos fibers that are long, curly, and unlikely to
An unplanned or unwanted physical or emotional response
The steps needed to prepare for radiation therapy.
soluble mesothelin-related peptide (SMRP)
A protein in cells of the mesothelium (the tissue lining of most
organs in the body) that can be measured in the blood.
The bones, muscles, and other tissues along the back from
the base of the skull to the tailbone.
A test that uses a tube to measure how fast you breathe.
A flat bone in the center of the chest; also called the