NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2016
About 2,500 people are diagnosed
with mesothelioma each year.
Malignant pleural mesothelioma
is the most common type of
Asbestos is the primary cause of
Mesothelium is a single layer of cells that
makes fluid and lines most organs inside the
The pleural mesothelium is part of the tissue
lining around the lungs.
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is cancer
that starts in the pleural mesothelium.
Asbestos is a group of minerals made of tiny
fibers that are strong and flexible.
Asbestos can break into tiny pieces that may
be breathed in or swallowed.
Asbestos is the most common cause of
mesothelioma, though some patients with
mesothelioma have had no clear exposure.