NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2014
Treatment for symptoms of cancer or side effects of cancer
A doctor who’s an expert in operations to remove or repair a
part of the body.
An operation to remove or repair a part of the body.
A procedure that looks inside your body to assess the extent
of the cancer to see if surgical treatment to remove all of the
cancer is possible.
A medical procedure that puts powder in the area between
the two layers of tissue lining the lungs to seal the layers
together to stop fluid buildup.
Use of a needle inserted between the ribs to remove fluid
around the lungs.
A doctor who’s an expert in operating on organs inside the
A thin, lighted tube with a lens and tools to view and remove
samples of tissue from the chest.
Use of thin, tube-shaped tools with a light and lens for
viewing inserted through a small cut in the chest to remove
tissue to test for disease. Also called VATS biopsy.
three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy
Radiation therapy (use of high-energy rays to destroy cancer
cells) that uses beams that match the shape of the tumor.
A type of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (use of high-
energy rays to destroy cancer cells) that takes pictures of the
tumor and delivers radiation.
A written course of action through cancer treatment and
An overgrowth of cells.
A test that uses sound waves to take pictures of the inside of
video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
Use of thin tools inserted through one or more small cuts in
the chest to remove tissue to test for disease.
The inner layer of tissue lining around the lungs.
white blood cell
A type of blood cell that fights infection.