NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Part 9: Dictionary
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Groups of disease-fighting cells below
Superior sulcus tumor
A mass of cancer cells at the top of
the lung that has grown into the chest
Treatment for symptoms of a disease.
Groups of disease-fighting cells above
The normal tissue around the tumor
removed during surgery.
All first-line drugs are stopped and a
new drug is started.
Drugs that stop the growth process
specific to cancer cells.
Use of a needle inserted between the
ribs to remove fluid around the lungs.
The center of a ring of bones at the
top of the ribcage.
A doctor who’s an expert in surgery
within the chest.
Use of thin tools inserted between
the ribs to do work in the chest.
Surgery done through a large cut to
remove all or part of the lungs.
radiation therapy (3D-CRT)
Radiation therapy that uses beams
that match the shape of the tumor.
The airway between the throat and
bronchi; also called the windpipe.
An overgrowth of cells.
A test that uses sound waves to take
pictures of the inside of the body.
A silvery-white metallic chemical.
Video-assisted thoracic surgery
Use of thin tools inserted between the
ribs to do work in the chest.
The inner layer of the lining around
Surgical removal of a small part
of a lobe.