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Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2016

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : M

alignant Pleural Mesothelioma

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What is malignant pleural mesothelioma?

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is the medical name for cancer that starts in the

mesothelium of the lungs.

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How is mesothelioma found?

To confirm you have mesothelioma, you will need to have a biopsy. A biopsy removes a

sample of fluid or tissue for testing. You will also have other recommended tests like a CT

(

c

omputer

t

omography) scan and

SMRP (

s

oluble

m

esothelin-

r

elated

p

eptides) blood test.

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What are the stages?

Stage I

The tumor hasn’t grown beyond the pleura where it started.

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Stage II

The tumor has grown into the diaphragm or the lung, or both.

Stage III

• The tumor has grown into 1) the first layer of the chest wall or a

confined area of the other layers, 2) the fat between the lungs,

or 3) the pericardium.

• The cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes or the nodes at

the base of the breast bone.

Stage IV

• The tumor has grown into 1) a wide area of the chest wall, 2)

the peritoneum, 3) an organ between the lungs, 4) the spine, or

5) the pleura around the other lung.

• The cancer has spread to the lymph nodes near the other lung

or near the collarbone.

• The cancer has spread to distant sites.

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