NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2016
Who should read this book?
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the mesothelium—
a layer of cells that makes fluid. Mesothelioma
can start in the lining of the abdomen (peritoneal
mesothelioma), heart (pericardial mesothelioma),
testicles (testicular mesothelioma), or lungs (pleural
mesothelioma). It is a rare type of cancer. This book
focuses on mesothelioma that starts in the lining of
the lungs. Patients and those who support them may
find this book helpful.
Does the whole book apply
This book includes information for many situations.
Your medical team can help. They can point out what
parts of the book apply to you. They can also give
you more information. As you read through this book,
you may find it helpful to make a list of questions to
ask your doctors.
The recommendations in this book are based on
science and the experience of NCCN experts.
However, these recommendations may not be right
for you. Your doctors may suggest other tests or
treatments based on your health and other factors.
If other suggestions are given, feel free to ask your
treatment team questions.
Help! What do the words
In this book, many medical words are included.
These are words you will likely hear from your
treatment team. Most of these words may be new to
you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading
and review the information. Feel free to ask your
treatment team to explain a word or phrase that you
do not understand.
Words that you may not know are defined in the text
or in the
. Acronyms are also defined when
first used and in the
words formed from the first letters of several words.
One example is CT for
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