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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

to me?

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




are short

words formed from the first letters of several words.

One example is CT for





How to use this book