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NCCN QUICK GUIDE
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2016
What is needed before surgery?
If your doctors think the cancer can be removed by surgery, then you may have a few
The tests may include imaging tests, a biopsy, and tests to see how well your lungs
and heart work.22
What are the treatment options?
You can receive chemotherapy either before or after surgery
Chemotherapy given before surgery is called neoadjuvant
Primary treatment is the main treatment used to rid your body
of cancer. Surgery is used as a primary treatment for some
Adjuvant treatment is given after surgery to treat any remaining
Clinical trials (research studies) find advances to test for and treat
What is supportive care?
Supportive care is treatment given to relieve the symptoms of mesothelioma, side
effects of mesothelioma treatment, and other health issues related to the cancer.30
How do you decide between options?
Ask your doctors many questions. Also, you could get a second opinion, attend support
groups, and compare the benefits and downsides.37
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