Who should read this book?
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the
mesothelium—a layer of cells that makes
fluid. Mesothelioma can start in the lining of
the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma), heart
(pericardial mesothelioma), testicles (testicular
mesothelioma), or lungs (pleural mesothelioma).
This book focuses on mesothelioma that starts
in the lining of the lungs since it is the most
common type. Patients and those who support
them—caregivers, family, and friends—may find
this book helpful. The information in this book
may help you talk with your treatment team,
understand what doctors say, and prepare for
Does the whole book
apply to me?
This book includes information for many
situations. Thus, not everyone will get every test
and treatment listed. Your treatment team can
point out what applies to you and give you more
information. As you read through this book, you
may find it helpful to make a list of questions to
ask your doctors.
This book includes the recommendations that
NCCN experts agree are most useful for most
patients. However, each patient is unique and
these specific recommendations may not be
right for you. Your doctors may suggest other
tests or treatments based on your health and
other factors. This book does not replace the
knowledge and suggestions of your doctors.
Making sense of medical
In this book, many medical words are included
that describe cancer, tests, and treatments.
These are words that you will likely hear from
your treatment team. Some of the information
may be new to you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Be sure to ask your treatment team to explain a
word or phrase that you don’t understand.
Words that you may not know are defined in the
text or underlined when first used on a page. All
underlined words are defined in the Glossary.
Acronyms are also listed and defined in the
Glossary. Acronyms are words formed from the
first letters of other words. One example is CT
How to use this book