NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2016
A radiotracer put in your body to make cancer show up
better on certain imaging tests.
The belly area between the chest and pelvis.
abrams needle biopsy
A biopsy with a type of needle designed to limit the amount
of air that enters tissue.
A treatment given after the main treatment used to cure
Written statements about your wishes for health care should
you become unable to make these wishes known at a later
Symptoms caused by an immune reaction—action of the
body’s natural defense against infection and disease in
response to a foreign substance in the body.
Straight, brittle, needle-like asbestos fibers.
A group of asbestos fibers that are straight, needle-like, and
Loss of feeling with or without loss of wakefulness caused
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.
Removal of small amounts of tissue or fluid to be tested for
biphasic (mixed) subtype
A mesothelioma cell subtype in which some cells are
uniform and in organized patterns (epithelioid subtype) and
some cells are spindle-shaped and in disorganized patterns
A tube that circulates blood throughout the body.
A status to identify doctors who finished training in a
specialized field of medicine.
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
A rating or description of the growth and spread of cancer in
cardiac stress test
A test of how well your heart works during exercise.
Classification based on the size, shape, and structure of
The building blocks of tissues in the body.
Drugs that kill fast-growing cells throughout the body,
including cancer cells and normal cells.
Days of treatment followed by days of rest.
The layer of muscles and bones under the skin that covers
the chest area.
Long, curly asbestos fibers.