NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
Part 9: Dictionary
The belly area between the chest and
Abrams needle biopsy
A biopsy with a type of needle
designed to limit the amount of air that
A treatment given after the main
treatment used to cure disease.
Symptoms caused when the body is
trying to rid itself of invaders.
Straight, brittle, needle-like asbestos
A group of asbestos fibers that are
straight, needle-like, and brittle.
Loss of feeling with or without loss of
A tube that carries blood from the
heart to organs throughout the body.
A group of minerals made of tiny
fibers that are strong, flexible, and
resistant to heat.
A substance found in body fluid or
tissues that may be a sign of cancer.
Removal of small amounts of tissue or
fluid to be tested for disease.
Biphasic (mixed) subtype
A subtype of pleural mesothelioma
that has organized, structured cells
epithelioid) and long, spindle-shaped,
disorganized cells (sarcomatoid).
A tube that circulates blood
throughout the body.
A status to identify doctors who
finished training in a specialized field
A test that measures how much air
your lungs can hold and how much air
is in your lungs after you exhale.
A thin, long tube fitted with tools that
is guided down the throat.
Ratings of the growth and spread of
Cardiac stress test
A test of how well your heart works
The “building blocks” of tissues in
Drugs that stop the growth process of
cells in an active growth phase.
Days of treatment followed by days
The layer of muscles and bones under
the skin that covers the chest area.