Mesothelioma , The Patient Education Institute, Inc. ocft0101 Last reviewed: 03/21/2013 1

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Mesothelioma. 1995-2013, The Patient Education Institute, Inc. www.x-plain.com ocft0101 Last reviewed: 03/21/2013 1"

Transcription

1 Mesothelioma Introduction Mesothelioma is a type of cancer. It starts in the tissue that lines your lungs, stomach, heart, and other organs. This tissue is called mesothelium. Most people who get this type of cancer have breathed in asbestos at work. It can take a long time for the disease to develop. It may take 30 to 50 years. This reference summary explains mesothelioma. It talks about the causes and symptoms of this type of cancer. It also covers diagnosis and treatment options. Cancer The body is made up of very small cells. Normal cells in the body grow and die in a controlled way. Sometimes cells keep dividing and growing. The body cannot control the cells. This causes a tumor. A tumor is an abnormal growth. A benign tumor does not attack or invade nearby tissues and body parts. Benign tumors are not cancer. Usually these tumors are not life threatening. A malignant tumor invades nearby tissues and body parts. It is also called cancer. Cancer cells can spread to different parts of the body. They spread through blood vessels and lymph channels. Lymph is a clear fluid produced by the body that drains waste from cells. It travels through special vessels and bean-shaped structures called lymph nodes. Cancer can move from one tissue to other body parts. This is called metastatic cancer. For example, cancer may start in the lining of the abdomen. The tumor can grow through the abdominal muscles. It can then spread to nearby tissues over time. Cancers in the body are given names. The name depends on where the cancer started. There are different types of mesothelioma. If it begins in the lining that covers the lung or pleura, it will always be called pleural mesothelioma. This is true even if it spreads to other places. 1

2 Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is cancer of a tissue in the body that lines certain organs. This tissue is called mesothelium. It lines the: Lungs. Stomach. Heart. Other organs. Mesothelioma is a rare but serious type of cancer. It often starts in the lungs. However, it can also start in the abdomen or other organs. Each type of mesothelioma has a different name. The most common type starts in the tissue around the lungs. It is called pleural mesothelioma. Other types are less common. They can start in the tissue around the: Abdomen. Heart. Testicles. Most people who get mesothelioma have worked jobs where they breathed in asbestos. It can take a long time to get the disease after being exposed. It can even take around 30 to 50 years. Causes and Risk Factors The main cause of mesothelioma is long term exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a group of minerals. They take the form of tiny fibers. It is used in: Brake linings. Cement. Cloths and fabrics. Flooring products. Insulation. Roof shingles. 2

3 People can breathe in loose asbestos. The fibers get into the lungs. This may cause mesothelioma. It can also cause lung cancer. Asbestos can cause other types of cancer if it is swallowed. Certain people are at a higher risk of mesothelioma because of the work they do. Some examples include: Asbestos miners, millers, and makers of asbestos products. People working in textile factories. Shipyard workers. Workers in heating and construction industries. Smoking does not seem to raise a person's risk. But smoking and breathing in asbestos greatly raises your risk of lung cancer. Symptoms Mesothelioma can start in different parts of the body. Symptoms are not the same for all types of this cancer. They depend on where in the body the cancer started. When cancer begins in the tissue that surrounds the lungs, symptoms can include: Chest pain under the rib cage. Painful coughing. Shortness of breath. Unexplained weight loss. Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin on the chest. Cancer of the tissue in the abdomen can cause: Abdominal pain. Abdominal swelling. Lumps of tissue in the abdomen. Unexplained weight loss. Not much is known about symptoms of other types of mesothelioma. Other types are very rare. Talk to your health care provider about any changes you notice. 3

4 Diagnosis Your health care provider will try to find out if cancer is the cause of your symptoms. There may be another cause. Your health care provider will ask about your family medical history. You will also be asked about your symptoms. A physical exam will be done. Blood tests can also be used to rule out other causes. Mesothelioma and lung cancer can be similar. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between them. Certain tests and procedures may be used to see if cancer is the cause of your symptoms. If so, other tests can tell what kind. Your doctor may order imaging tests to look for problems. Imaging tests may include a chest x-ray and a CT scan. A CT scan is an x-ray machine linked to a computer. A CT scan takes a series of detailed pictures of your organs. You may be given contrast material by mouth or injection to make abnormal areas easier to see. You may need other tests depending on the findings. You may need a bronchoscopy. This procedure looks inside the windpipe and large airways in the lungs. A thin, lighted tube is inserted through the nose or mouth. The tube is then directed into the windpipe and lungs. Other tests may include a biopsy. A small sample of tissue is removed for this test. The tissue can be looked at with a microscope for signs of cancer. This is the only sure way to diagnose mesothelioma. There are many kinds of biopsies. If you need one, your doctor will decide which kind you need. One type of biopsy is a fine-needle aspiration. It is used to remove fluid or a piece of tissue with a small needle inserted into your chest or abdomen. Fine-Needle Aspiration Staging Your health care provider will determine the stage of the cancer. Staging is an attempt to find out if the cancer has spread. It is also an attempt to find where the cancer has spread to in the body. There are no formal stages for rare types of mesothelioma. Stages are used for mesothelioma that begins in the tissue that lines the lungs. Other types are not as common. Little is known about them. 4

5 Chest x-rays can reveal signs of cancer in the chest. Other imaging tests may also be done to look for signs of mesothelioma in other parts of the body. These include a CT scan, MRI, or PET scan. An MRI uses strong magnets to create images of the inside of the body. A PET scan uses a small amount of safe radioactive sugar injected into a vein. It makes detailed images of areas inside the body where the sugar is used. Cancer cells often use more sugar than normal cells. The pictures can help find cancer cells in the body. CT Scan Stages are usually described using the numbers 1-4. A lower number is an earlier stage. Staging is helpful in deciding the best course of treatment. Stage I is called localized cancer. This means it's limited to one area of the lining of the chest. Stage II mesothelioma may have spread beyond the lining of the chest to the diaphragm or to the lung itself. Stage III may have spread to other structures within the chest. It may involve nearby lymph nodes. Stage IV mesothelioma is an advanced cancer. It has spread more widely within the chest. The cancer may also have spread to distant areas of the body, like the brain. Treatment and Supportive Care Treatment for mesothelioma depends on: The stage of the disease. Whether the cancer has been treated before. The patient s age, symptoms, and general health. Treatment for mesothelioma may include: Surgery. Radiation therapy. Chemotherapy. Some combination of these treatments may also be used. Surgery may be done to remove the cancer and some of the healthy tissue around it. It may also be used to remove part of the covering of the lungs and lining of the chest. In some cases, one whole lung and part of the lining of the chest must be removed. 5

6 Another type of surgery uses special chemicals. The chemicals make scar tissue between layers of pleura. Pleura is the tissue that lines the inside of the chest. The scarring helps stop the build-up of fluid in this area. Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays or other types of radiation. The radiation kills cancer cells. There are two types of radiation therapy: External radiation uses a machine outside the body to send radiation toward the cancer. Internal radiation places objects containing small amounts of radiation into or near the cancer. Chemotherapy uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells. More than one drug may be used. This is called combination chemotherapy. The type used depends on the type and stage of the cancer being treated. Chemotherapy may be taken by mouth. It may also be injected into a vein or muscle. This allows the drugs to kill cancer cells throughout the body. Chemotherapy can also be placed directly into a certain organ or body area. This mainly kills cancer cells in those areas. There may be clinical trials for people with mesothelioma. Clinical trials test new medical approaches and treatments. Mesothelioma and its treatment can lead to other health problems. It is important to have supportive care before, during, and after cancer treatment. Supportive care is treatment to: Control symptoms. Relieve the side effects of therapy. Help you cope with emotions. Sometimes cancer and its treatment can cause pain. Supportive care also deals with relieving pain. Your health care provider can suggest ways to reduce pain. You may also see a pain control specialist. 6

7 Summary Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer. It begins in the cells of the mesothelium. The mesothelium is the tissue that lines your lungs, stomach, heart, and other organs. Most people who get it worked jobs where they breathed in asbestos. It can take 30 to 50 years for the cancer to develop. The symptoms of mesothelioma depend on where the cancer begins. It most often begins in the lungs. Symptoms may include chest or abdominal pain and unexplained weight loss. Mesothelioma is diagnosed using a physical exam, imaging tests, and a biopsy. A bronchoscopy may also be used during diagnosis to look at the airway. Different types of treatments are available for patients with mesothelioma. Sometimes patients choose to join clinical trials to try new forms of treatment. Three types of standard treatment are used: Surgery. Radiation therapy. Chemotherapy. 7

Mesothelioma: Questions and Answers

Mesothelioma: Questions and Answers CANCER FACTS N a t i o n a l C a n c e r I n s t i t u t e N a t i o n a l I n s t i t u t e s o f H e a l t h D e p a r t m e n t o f H e a l t h a n d H u m a n S e r v i c e s Mesothelioma: Questions

More information

Understanding Pleural Mesothelioma

Understanding Pleural Mesothelioma Understanding Pleural Mesothelioma UHN Information for patients and families Read this booklet to learn about: What is pleural mesothelioma? What causes it? What are the symptoms? What tests are done to

More information

Thymus Cancer. This reference summary will help you better understand what thymus cancer is and what treatment options are available.

Thymus Cancer. This reference summary will help you better understand what thymus cancer is and what treatment options are available. Thymus Cancer Introduction Thymus cancer is a rare cancer. It starts in the small organ that lies in the upper chest under the breastbone. The thymus makes white blood cells that protect the body against

More information

Introduction Breast cancer is cancer that starts in the cells of the breast. Breast cancer happens mainly in women. But men can get it too.

Introduction Breast cancer is cancer that starts in the cells of the breast. Breast cancer happens mainly in women. But men can get it too. Male Breast Cancer Introduction Breast cancer is cancer that starts in the cells of the breast. Breast cancer happens mainly in women. But men can get it too. Many people do not know that men can get breast

More information

Small cell lung cancer

Small cell lung cancer Small cell lung cancer Small cell lung cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the lung. The lungs are a pair of cone-shaped breathing organs that are found within

More information

Lung Cancer. This reference summary will help you better understand lung cancer and the treatment options that are available.

Lung Cancer. This reference summary will help you better understand lung cancer and the treatment options that are available. Lung Cancer Introduction Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of men and women. Over 165,000 people die of lung cancer every year in the United States. Most cases of lung cancer are related to cigarette

More information

Intestinal Cancer. Intestinal cancer is rare. But eating a high-fat diet or having certain digestive diseases can raise a person s risk.

Intestinal Cancer. Intestinal cancer is rare. But eating a high-fat diet or having certain digestive diseases can raise a person s risk. Intestinal Cancer Introduction This reference summary discusses cancer of the small intestines, not cancer of the colon. Intestinal cancer starts in the cells of the small intestine. The small intestine

More information

Lung Cancer: Diagnosis, Staging and Treatment

Lung Cancer: Diagnosis, Staging and Treatment PATIENT EDUCATION patienteducation.osumc.edu Lung Cancer: Diagnosis, Staging and Treatment Cancer begins in our cells. Cells are the building blocks of our tissues. Tissues make up the organs of the body.

More information

Mesothelioma and Asbestos

Mesothelioma and Asbestos CANCER INFORMATION FACTSHEET Mesothelioma and Asbestos The information in this factsheet will help you to understand more about mesothelioma. It is an agreed view on this cancer by medical experts. We

More information

Thyroid Cancer. This reference summary will help you better understand what thyroid cancer is and what treatment options are available.

Thyroid Cancer. This reference summary will help you better understand what thyroid cancer is and what treatment options are available. Thyroid Cancer Introduction The thyroid is a gland in the neck. Thyroid cancer is a common type of cancer. It accounts for 1% to 5% of cancer cases worldwide. As medical technology advances, more cases

More information

Lung Cancer: Diagnosis, Staging and Treatment

Lung Cancer: Diagnosis, Staging and Treatment PATIENT EDUCATION patienteducation.osumc.edu Lung Cancer: Diagnosis, Staging and Treatment Cancer starts in our cells. Cells are the building blocks of our tissues. Tissues make up the organs of the body.

More information

General Information About Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

General Information About Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer General Information About Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Non-small cell lung cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the lung. The lungs are a pair of cone-shaped breathing

More information

Mesothelioma and Asbestos

Mesothelioma and Asbestos Cancer information factsheet Mesothelioma and Asbestos The information in this factsheet will help you to understand more about mesothelioma. It is an agreed view on this cancer by medical experts. We

More information

Mesothelioma Understanding your diagnosis

Mesothelioma Understanding your diagnosis Mesothelioma Understanding your diagnosis Mesothelioma Understanding your diagnosis When you first hear that you have cancer, you may feel alone and afraid. You may be overwhelmed by the large amount of

More information

Asbestos and your lungs

Asbestos and your lungs This information describes what asbestos is and the lung conditions that are caused by exposure to it. It also includes information about what to do if you have been exposed to asbestos, and the benefits

More information

Smoking and misuse of certain pain medicines can affect the risk of developing renal cell cancer.

Smoking and misuse of certain pain medicines can affect the risk of developing renal cell cancer. Renal cell cancer Renal cell cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in tubules of the kidney. Renal cell cancer (also called kidney cancer or renal adenocarcinoma) is a disease in which

More information

Disease/Illness GUIDE TO ASBESTOS LUNG CANCER. What Is Asbestos Lung Cancer? www.simpsonmillar.co.uk Telephone 0844 858 3200

Disease/Illness GUIDE TO ASBESTOS LUNG CANCER. What Is Asbestos Lung Cancer? www.simpsonmillar.co.uk Telephone 0844 858 3200 GUIDE TO ASBESTOS LUNG CANCER What Is Asbestos Lung Cancer? Like tobacco smoking, exposure to asbestos can result in the development of lung cancer. Similarly, the risk of developing asbestos induced lung

More information

Understanding. Pancreatic Cancer

Understanding. Pancreatic Cancer Understanding Pancreatic Cancer Understanding Pancreatic Cancer The Pancreas The pancreas is an organ that is about 6 inches long. It s located deep in your belly between your stomach and backbone. Your

More information

Extrahepatic bile duct cancer is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the part of bile duct that is outside the liver.

Extrahepatic bile duct cancer is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the part of bile duct that is outside the liver. EXTRAHEPATIC BILE DUCT CANCER General Information Extrahepatic bile duct cancer is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the part of bile duct that is outside the liver. A network of

More information

Gallbladder cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the gallbladder.

Gallbladder cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the gallbladder. Gallbladder cancer Gallbladder cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the gallbladder. Gallbladder cancer is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found

More information

Lung Cancer Understanding your diagnosis

Lung Cancer Understanding your diagnosis Lung Cancer Understanding your diagnosis Lung Cancer Understanding your diagnosis When you first hear that you have cancer you may feel alone and afraid. You may be overwhelmed by the large amount of information

More information

Breast Cancer. Sometimes cells keep dividing and growing without normal controls, causing an abnormal growth called a tumor.

Breast Cancer. Sometimes cells keep dividing and growing without normal controls, causing an abnormal growth called a tumor. Breast Cancer Introduction Cancer of the breast is the most common form of cancer that affects women but is no longer the leading cause of cancer deaths. About 1 out of 8 women are diagnosed with breast

More information

Asbestos Related Diseases

Asbestos Related Diseases Asbestos Related Diseases Asbestosis Mesothelioma Lung Cancer Pleural Disease Asbestosis and Mesothelioma (LUNG CANCER) Support Group 1800 017 758 www.amsg.com.au ii Helping you and your family through

More information

Testicular Cancer. This reference summary will help you better understand what testicular cancer is and what treatment options are available.

Testicular Cancer. This reference summary will help you better understand what testicular cancer is and what treatment options are available. Testicular Cancer Introduction Testicles, or testes, make male hormones and sperm. The testicles are two egg-shaped organs inside the scrotum, the loose sac of skin behind the penis. You can get cancer

More information

Asbestos & Mesothelioma Cases. Presented by Sara Salger On behalf of Gori, Julian & Associates, P.C., Edwardsville, IL

Asbestos & Mesothelioma Cases. Presented by Sara Salger On behalf of Gori, Julian & Associates, P.C., Edwardsville, IL Asbestos & Mesothelioma Cases Presented by Sara Salger On behalf of Gori, Julian & Associates, P.C., Edwardsville, IL What you know about Asbestos & Mesothelioma Insert Clip Here Definition of Asbestos

More information

Salivary Gland Disorders

Salivary Gland Disorders Salivary Gland Disorders Introduction Located in your mouth and throat, the salivary glands make saliva. Saliva is the watery fluid in the mouth. There are many problems that can affect the salivary glands.

More information

This handout is for informational purposes only. Talk with your doctor or health care team if you have any questions about your care.

This handout is for informational purposes only. Talk with your doctor or health care team if you have any questions about your care. PATIENT EDUCATION patienteducation.osumc.edu What is the esophagus? The esophagus (food pipe) is a tube that connects your throat to your stomach. It is about 10 inches long and runs behind your trachea

More information

What is Mesothelioma?

What is Mesothelioma? What is Mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that develops in the mesothelial cells found in one s body. These cells form membranous linings that surround and protect the body s organs and

More information

Asbestos Related Diseases. Asbestosis Mesothelioma Lung Cancer Pleural Disease. connecting raising awareness supporting advocating

Asbestos Related Diseases. Asbestosis Mesothelioma Lung Cancer Pleural Disease. connecting raising awareness supporting advocating Asbestos Related Diseases Asbestosis Mesothelioma Lung Cancer Pleural Disease connecting raising awareness supporting advocating 1800 017 758 www.asbestosassociation.com.au Asbestos lagging was widely

More information

Multiple Myeloma. This reference summary will help you understand multiple myeloma and its treatment options.

Multiple Myeloma. This reference summary will help you understand multiple myeloma and its treatment options. Multiple Myeloma Introduction Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that affects white blood cells. Each year, thousands of people find out that they have multiple myeloma. This reference summary will help

More information

Brain Cancer. This reference summary will help you understand how brain tumors are diagnosed and what options are available to treat them.

Brain Cancer. This reference summary will help you understand how brain tumors are diagnosed and what options are available to treat them. Brain Cancer Introduction Brain tumors are not rare. Thousands of people are diagnosed every year with tumors of the brain and the rest of the nervous system. The diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors

More information

Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Acute Myeloid Leukemia Introduction Leukemia is cancer of the white blood cells. The increased number of these cells leads to overcrowding of healthy blood cells. As a result, the healthy cells are not

More information

Lung Cancer. Know how to stay strong

Lung Cancer. Know how to stay strong Lung Cancer Know how to stay strong What is cancer? 2 Cancer is a disease when some cells in the body grow out of control Normal cells Your body has many tiny cells and keeps making new cells to keep you

More information

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions This fact sheet was written by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal public health agency. ATSDR s mission is to serve the public by using the best science, taking responsive

More information

Lung Cancer. Understanding your diagnosis

Lung Cancer. Understanding your diagnosis Lung Cancer Understanding your diagnosis Lung Cancer Understanding your diagnosis When you first hear that you have cancer, you may feel alone and afraid. You may be overwhelmed by the large amount of

More information

Mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos and can develop decades after the exposure.

Mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos and can develop decades after the exposure. Mesothelioma Summary Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that can develop decades after exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma usually targets the outer membrane of the lungs (pleura), but can also occur

More information

Treatment Guide Lung Cancer Management

Treatment Guide Lung Cancer Management Treatment Guide Lung Cancer Management The Chest Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic, which includes specialists from the Respiratory Institute, Taussig Cancer Institute and Miller Family Heart & Vascular

More information

P L E U R A L M E S O T H E L I O M A

P L E U R A L M E S O T H E L I O M A For media outside the US, UK and Canada only P L E U R A L M E S O T H E L I O M A 1. Overview 2. What is pleural mesothelioma? 3. How common is pleural mesothelioma? 4. What are the risk factors for pleural

More information

What If I Have a Spot on My Lung? Do I Have Cancer? Patient Education Guide

What If I Have a Spot on My Lung? Do I Have Cancer? Patient Education Guide What If I Have a Spot on My Lung? Do I Have Cancer? Patient Education Guide A M E R I C A N C O L L E G E O F C H E S T P H Y S I C I A N S Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers. About 170,000

More information

Liver Cancer What is the liver? What is liver cancer?

Liver Cancer What is the liver? What is liver cancer? Liver Cancer What is the liver? The liver is the largest internal organ in the body and is important in digesting food. The liver performs many other functions, including collecting and filtering blood

More information

Surgery. Wedge resection only part of the lung, not. not a lobe, is removed. Cancer Council NSW

Surgery. Wedge resection only part of the lung, not. not a lobe, is removed. Cancer Council NSW The treatment you receive will depend on your lung cancer type, for example, whether you have a non-small cell lung cancer Adenocarcinoma or Squamous cell carcinoma, and if this is a sub-type with a mutation.

More information

Malignant Mesothelioma

Malignant Mesothelioma Malignant Mesothelioma What is malignant mesothelioma? Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer that starts in cells in the linings of certain parts of the body, especially in the linings of the chest or abdomen.

More information

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer About Your Lungs and Lung Cancer How do your lungs work? To understand lung cancer it is helpful to understand your lungs. Your lungs put oxygen into the blood, which the heart

More information

Malignant Mesothelioma

Malignant Mesothelioma Malignant Mesothelioma What is malignant mesothelioma? Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer that starts in cells in the linings of certain parts of the body, especially in the linings of the chest or abdomen.

More information

Metastatic Cancer: Questions and Answers. Key Points

Metastatic Cancer: Questions and Answers. Key Points CANCER FACTS N a t i o n a l C a n c e r I n s t i t u t e N a t i o n a l I n s t i t u t e s o f H e a l t h D e p a r t m e n t o f H e a l t h a n d H u m a n S e r v i c e s Metastatic Cancer: Questions

More information

Frequently Asked Questions About Ovarian Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions About Ovarian Cancer Media Contact: Gerri Gomez Howard Cell: 303-748-3933 gerri@gomezhowardgroup.com Frequently Asked Questions About Ovarian Cancer What is ovarian cancer? Ovarian cancer is a cancer that forms in tissues

More information

X-Plain Breast Cancer Reference Summary

X-Plain Breast Cancer Reference Summary X-Plain Breast Cancer Reference Summary The risk of breast cancer among Asian Americans living in the U.S. is relatively low compared to caucasian women. However, there is concern that the risk of breast

More information

Malignant Mesothelioma

Malignant Mesothelioma Malignant Malignant mesothelioma is a tumour originating from mesothelial cells. 85 95% of mesotheliomas are caused by asbestos exposure. It occurs much more commonly in the chest (malignant pleural mesothelioma)

More information

Malignant Mesothelioma

Malignant Mesothelioma Malignant mesothelioma is a tumour originating from mesothelial cells. 85 95% of mesotheliomas are caused by asbestos exposure. It occurs much more commonly in the chest (malignant pleural mesothelioma)

More information

Lung cancer (non-small-cell)

Lung cancer (non-small-cell) Patient information from the BMJ Group Lung cancer (non-small-cell) It can be devastating to find out that you or someone close to you has lung cancer. You will have to make some important decisions about

More information

THORACIC DIAGNOSTIC ASSESMENT PROGRAM (DAP) PATIENT INFORMATION FOR:

THORACIC DIAGNOSTIC ASSESMENT PROGRAM (DAP) PATIENT INFORMATION FOR: central east regional cancer program in partnership with cancer care ontario THORACIC DIAGNOSTIC ASSESMENT PROGRAM (DAP) PATIENT INFORMATION FOR: Thoracic dap booklet March2012.indd 1 SCHEDULED TESTS YOUR

More information

Lung cancer forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages.

Lung cancer forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. Scan for mobile link. Lung Cancer Lung cancer usually forms in the tissue cells lining the air passages within the lungs. The two main types are small-cell lung cancer (usually found in cigarette smokers)

More information

Quick Facts about Appendix Cancer

Quick Facts about Appendix Cancer Quick Facts about Appendix Cancer What is the appendix? The appendix is a pouch-like tube attached to the first part of the large intestine (cecum). The appendix is about 10 centimetres long and has no

More information

Pancreatic Cancer. What does the pancreas do? What is cancer?

Pancreatic Cancer. What does the pancreas do? What is cancer? Pancreatic Cancer Pancreatic cancer mainly occurs in people over 60. If it is diagnosed at an early stage, then an operation to remove the cancer followed by chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy

More information

Lung cancer. Lung cancer: English

Lung cancer. Lung cancer: English Lung cancer: English Lung cancer This fact sheet is about how lung cancer is diagnosed and treated. We also have fact sheets in your language about chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, side effects of

More information

Gallbladder Diseases and Problems

Gallbladder Diseases and Problems Gallbladder Diseases and Problems Introduction Your gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ under your liver. It stores bile, a fluid made by your liver to digest fat. There are many diseases and problems that

More information

Breast Lumpectomy and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Breast Lumpectomy and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Breast Lumpectomy and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Introduction Breast cancer is a common condition that affects millions of women every year. It usually shows up as a lump that can be felt and/or seen on

More information

RADIATION THERAPY FOR LYMPHOMA. Facts to Help Patients Make an Informed Decision TARGETING CANCER CARE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR RADIATION ONCOLOGY

RADIATION THERAPY FOR LYMPHOMA. Facts to Help Patients Make an Informed Decision TARGETING CANCER CARE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR RADIATION ONCOLOGY RADIATION THERAPY FOR Facts to Help Patients Make an Informed Decision TARGETING CANCER CARE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR RADIATION ONCOLOGY FACTS ABOUT The lymphatic system is a network of tiny vessels extending

More information

Treating Mesothelioma - A Quick Guide

Treating Mesothelioma - A Quick Guide Treating Mesothelioma - A Quick Guide Contents This is a brief summary of the information on Treating mesothelioma from CancerHelp UK. You will find more detailed information on the website. In this information

More information

People Living with Cancer

People Living with Cancer Patient Guide ASCOInformation for People Living with Cancer ADVANCED LUNG CANCER TREATMENT Recommendations of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Welcome The American Society of Clinical Oncology

More information

Mediastinoscopy: Lymph Node Biopsy

Mediastinoscopy: Lymph Node Biopsy Mediastinoscopy: Lymph Node Biopsy When You Need Mediastinoscopy Your doctor thinks that you have a lung problem. Something suspicious may have been found on a test. Your doctor now recommends that you

More information

Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer Introduction Cancer of the prostate is the most common form of cancer that affects men. About 240,000 American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. Your

More information

This factsheet aims to outline the characteristics of some rare lung cancers, and highlight where each type of lung cancer may be different.

This factsheet aims to outline the characteristics of some rare lung cancers, and highlight where each type of lung cancer may be different. There are several different kinds of lung cancer, often referred to as lung cancer subtypes. Some of these occur more often than others. In this factsheet we will specifically look at the subtypes of cancers

More information

National Cancer Institute

National Cancer Institute National Cancer Institute What You Need To Know About Lung Cancer U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute Services This is only one of many

More information

HEALTH EFFECTS. Inhalation

HEALTH EFFECTS. Inhalation Health Effects HEALTH EFFECTS Asbestos can kill you. You must take extra precautions when you work with asbestos. Just because you do not notice any problems while you are working with asbestos, it still

More information

The lungs What is lung cancer? How common is it? Risks & symptoms Diagnosis & treatment options

The lungs What is lung cancer? How common is it? Risks & symptoms Diagnosis & treatment options Why We re Here The lungs What is lung cancer? How common is it? Risks & symptoms Diagnosis & treatment options What Are Lungs? What Do They Do? 1 Located in the chest Allow you to breathe Provide oxygen

More information

This handout is for informational purposes only. Talk with your doctor or health care team if you have any questions about your care.

This handout is for informational purposes only. Talk with your doctor or health care team if you have any questions about your care. PATIENT EDUCATION patienteducation.osumc.edu What is the thyroid gland? The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the neck. Your thyroid makes and stores hormones, which help regulate your heart

More information

There are a number of other carcinogens (cancer causing agents) that are believed to be associated with lung cancer, and are reviewed elsewhere.

There are a number of other carcinogens (cancer causing agents) that are believed to be associated with lung cancer, and are reviewed elsewhere. Lung Cancer What is cancer? First, some background on the way the body is built. Organs, like the heart, liver, and lung, are made up of tissues, such as blood vessels and muscle. Tissues, in turn, are

More information

Learning about Mouth Cancer

Learning about Mouth Cancer Learning about Mouth Cancer Creation of this material was made possible in part by a pioneering grant from CBCC-USA. Distributed by India Cancer Initiative What is mouth cancer? Our bodies are made up

More information

Colon cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the colon.

Colon cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the colon. Colon cancer Colon cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the colon. The colon is part of the body s digestive system. The digestive system removes and processes nutrients

More information

Kidney Cancer Understanding your diagnosis

Kidney Cancer Understanding your diagnosis Kidney Cancer Understanding your diagnosis Let s Make Cancer History 1 888 939-3333 cancer.ca Kidney Cancer Understanding your diagnosis When you first hear that you have cancer you may feel alone and

More information

Hodgkin Lymphoma Understanding your diagnosis

Hodgkin Lymphoma Understanding your diagnosis Hodgkin Lymphoma Understanding your diagnosis Let s Make Cancer History 1 888 939-3333 cancer.ca Hodgkin Lymphoma Understanding your diagnosis When you first hear that you have cancer you may feel alone

More information

Mesothelioma Making a Claim

Mesothelioma Making a Claim Mesothelioma Making a Claim INJURY & NEGLIGENCE SPECIALISTS Injury & Negligence Nothing short of excellent Quote about Pannone part of Slater & Gordon, from Mr G. Essex WELCOME TO PANNONE PART OF SLATER

More information

Pancreatic Cancer Understanding your diagnosis

Pancreatic Cancer Understanding your diagnosis Pancreatic Cancer Understanding your diagnosis Let s Make Cancer History 1 888 939-3333 cancer.ca Pancreatic Cancer Understanding your diagnosis When you first hear that you have cancer you may feel alone

More information

Establishing Your Diagnosis Lung Investigations Explained

Establishing Your Diagnosis Lung Investigations Explained Establishing Your Diagnosis Lung Investigations Explained Patient Information Introduction This leaflet tells you about tests that may be performed to investigate the cause of your chest symptoms or the

More information

Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. NCCN Guidelines for Patients

Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. NCCN Guidelines for Patients Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma NCCN Guidelines for Patients Presented with support from the national law firm of Baron & Budd Also available at NCCN.com About this booklet Its purpose Learning that you

More information

Transcript for Asbestos Information for the Community

Transcript for Asbestos Information for the Community Welcome to the lecture on asbestos and its health effects for the community. My name is Dr. Vik Kapil and I come to you from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Toxic Substances

More information

Exploring the Role of Vitamins in Achieving a Healthy Heart

Exploring the Role of Vitamins in Achieving a Healthy Heart Exploring the Role of Vitamins in Achieving a Healthy Heart There are many avenues you can take to keep your heart healthy. The first step you should take is to have a medical professional evaluate the

More information

X-Plain Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer - Adriamycin, Cytoxan, and Tamoxifen Reference Summary

X-Plain Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer - Adriamycin, Cytoxan, and Tamoxifen Reference Summary X-Plain Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer - Adriamycin, Cytoxan, and Tamoxifen Reference Summary Introduction Breast cancer is a common condition that affects one out of every 11 women. Your doctor has recommended

More information

More than 2,500 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the UK each year.

More than 2,500 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the UK each year. This information is an extract from the booklet Understanding mesothelioma. You may find the full booklet helpful. We can send you a free copy see page 5. Contents Introduction Pleural mesothelioma Peritoneal

More information

M E S O T H E L I O M A Questions & Answers

M E S O T H E L I O M A Questions & Answers M E S O T H E L I O M A Questions & Answers A G U I D E F O R M E S O T H E L I O M A P A T I E N T S A N D T H E I R L O V E D O N E S MORGAN & MORGAN FORTHEPEOPLE.COM 877-667-4265 Mesothelioma Questions

More information

Lung Cancer small cell

Lung Cancer small cell Lung Cancer small cell Overview Lung cancer is a cancer starts in the lungs. In order to understand lung cancer, it helps to know about the normal structure and function of the lungs. Most lung cancer

More information

How lung cancer is diagnosed

How lung cancer is diagnosed This information is an extract from the booklet, Understanding lung cancer. You may find the full booklet helpful. We can send you a copy free see page 5. Contents At the hospital CT (computerised tomography)

More information

Primary Liver Cancer Understanding your diagnosis

Primary Liver Cancer Understanding your diagnosis Primary Liver Cancer Understanding your diagnosis Let s Make Cancer History 1 888 939-3333 cancer.ca Primary Liver Cancer Understanding your diagnosis When you first hear that you have cancer you may feel

More information

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) Adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts (a type of white blood cell), red blood cells, or platelets. Adult

More information

RCC. RENAL CELL CARCINOMA the most common form of kidney cancer UNDERSTANDINGRCC

RCC. RENAL CELL CARCINOMA the most common form of kidney cancer UNDERSTANDINGRCC RCC RENAL CELL CARCINOMA the most common form of kidney cancer UNDERSTANDINGRCC RENAL CELL CARCINOMA ABOUT THIS GUIDE This guide will: Help you understand renal cell carcinoma (RCC) Provide information

More information

Information for. Patients with an Abnormal Lung X-Ray

Information for. Patients with an Abnormal Lung X-Ray Information for Patients with an Abnormal Lung X-Ray Some of the materials in this resource were adapted, with permission, from: Understanding Lung Cancer, Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton Health Sciences,

More information

Esophageal Cancer Understanding your diagnosis

Esophageal Cancer Understanding your diagnosis Esophageal Cancer Understanding your diagnosis Let s Make Cancer History 1 888 939-3333 cancer.ca Esophageal Cancer Understanding your diagnosis When you first hear that you have cancer you may feel alone

More information

SMALL. 1-800-298-2436 LungCancerAlliance.org

SMALL. 1-800-298-2436 LungCancerAlliance.org Understanding series SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER 1-800-298-2436 LungCancerAlliance.org A guide for the patient I TABLE OF CONTENTS ANATOMY OF THE LUNGS The following image shows different parts that make up

More information

Symptoms of Mesothelioma may not appear until 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. The symptoms are as follows:

Symptoms of Mesothelioma may not appear until 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. The symptoms are as follows: Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. In this disease, malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body's internal

More information

Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer - Adriamycin and Cytoxan

Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer - Adriamycin and Cytoxan Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer - Adriamycin and Cytoxan Introduction Breast cancer is a common condition that affects one out of every 11 women. Your doctor has recommended chemotherapy for your breast

More information

Soft Tissue Sarcomas: Questions and Answers

Soft Tissue Sarcomas: Questions and Answers CANCER FACTS N a t i o n a l C a n c e r I n s t i t u t e N a t i o n a l I n s t i t u t e s o f H e a l t h D e p a r t m e n t o f H e a l t h a n d H u m a n S e r v i c e s Soft Tissue Sarcomas:

More information

Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Gastrointestinal Bleeding Gastrointestinal Bleeding Introduction Gastrointestinal bleeding is a symptom of many diseases rather than a disease itself. A number of different conditions can cause gastrointestinal bleeding. Some causes

More information

Colorectal Cancer Care A Cancer Care Map for Patients

Colorectal Cancer Care A Cancer Care Map for Patients Colorectal Cancer Care A Cancer Care Map for Patients Understanding the process of care that a patient goes through in the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer in BC. Colorectal Cancer Care Map

More information

Diagnosis and Prognosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Diagnosis and Prognosis of Pancreatic Cancer Main Page Risk Factors Reducing Your Risk Screening Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Overview Chemotherapy Radiation Therapy Surgical Procedures Lifestyle Changes Managing Side Effects Talking to Your Doctor

More information

Asbestos Diseases. What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos Diseases. What Is Asbestos? 1 Asbestos Diseases What Is Asbestos? Asbestos is a term applied to a group of minerals formed into rock and mined in a similar way to coal. In this form, asbestos is made up of strong, fine and flexible

More information

Testicular Cancer. Understanding your diagnosis

Testicular Cancer. Understanding your diagnosis Testicular Cancer Understanding your diagnosis Testicular Cancer Understanding your diagnosis When you first hear that you have cancer, you may feel alone and afraid. You may be overwhelmed by the large

More information

Facing Lung Cancer? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for lung cancer.

Facing Lung Cancer? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for lung cancer. Facing Lung Cancer? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for lung cancer. The Condition: Lung Cancer The lung is the organ that moves oxygen through your body. You have two lungs

More information

The TV Series. www.healthybodyhealthymind.com INFORMATION TELEVISION NETWORK

The TV Series. www.healthybodyhealthymind.com INFORMATION TELEVISION NETWORK The TV Series www.healthybodyhealthymind.com Produced By: INFORMATION TELEVISION NETWORK ONE PARK PLACE 621 NW 53RD ST BOCA RATON, FL 33428 1-800-INFO-ITV www.itvisus.com 2005 Information Television Network.

More information

Lung Cancer (Small Cell) Overview

Lung Cancer (Small Cell) Overview Lung Cancer (Small Cell) Overview The information that follows is an overview of this type of cancer. It is based on the more detailed information in our document Lung Cancer (Small Cell). This document

More information