NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer - page 71

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Version 1.2014
Part 7: Treatment by cancer stage
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Definitions:
Adrenal gland:
A small
organ on top of each
kidney that makes
hormones
Histologic subtype:
The
type of cancer based on
the traits of the cells
Metastasis:
Cancer that
has spread from the first
site
Pleura:
The tissue lining
around the lungs
Side effect:
An unhealthy
or unpleasant physical
or emotional response to
treatment
Supportive care:
Treatment for symptoms
of a disease
Chemotherapy is often used for stage IV disease. Since it can cause severe
side effects, it is only given if your health hasn’t seriously limited your activities.
The ECOG (
E
astern
C
ooperative
O
ncology
G
roup) Performance Scale is used
by doctors to decide who is able to have chemotherapy. The definition of each
performance score is:
A
score of 0
means you are fully active.
A
score of 1
means you are able to do all self-care activities but are unable
to do hard physical work.
A
score of 2
means you are able to do all self-care activities and spend most
of waking time out of bed but are unable to do any work.
A
score of 3
means you are unable to do all self-care activities and any work
and spend most of waking time in bed.
A
score of 4
means you are fully disabled.
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