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Why Are Blood Tests Ordered During Chemotherapy Treatment?  What Are Blood Counts, and What Should I Know About Them?

From the moment that doctors begin to suspect that you have cancer until the time of your last cancer treatment, it feels like you are undergoing an endless series of tests.  Some of them are simple blood tests that can take place at your doctor’s office during checkup visits or at outpatient laboratories like LabCorp and Quest diagnostics.  Others are medical imaging tests that some...

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What Surgery is Performed for Mesothelioma?

After a diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma, your health care provider may recommend one or more surgical procedures in order to take a biopsy or to remove cancerous tissue. There are many different types of surgical procedures that ultimately may be conducted when a patient has pleural mesothelioma or another type of malignant mesothelioma. These surgical procedures or options often have technical terms that can be...

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 What Determines Whether I Am Able to Have Surgery?

Following a malignant mesothelioma diagnosis, surgery could be recommended for you. Depending upon your specific circumstances, a doctor might recommend a type of exploratory surgery to determine whether you have malignant mesothelioma or where the cancer is specifically located. The most common type of malignant mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma, often involves an exploratory procedure known as a thoracoscopy. With this procedure, the doctor will make small...

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 What Determines Which Surgical Procedure I Will Have?

After a malignant mesothelioma diagnosis, or when you visit your doctor’s office with potential symptoms of malignant mesothelioma, one of the first steps is often to determine whether you are eligible for a surgical procedure. Surgical procedures tend to fall into two different categories: exploratory surgery to identify areas that are potential abnormalities and to take biopsies, and treatment surgeries in early stages to remove...

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What Can I Expect Before Surgery, and What Can I Do to Prepare for It?

After you have discussed various options for surgery with your medical team and you have reached the decision to undergo a specific surgical procedure related to your mesothelioma, it will be important to know what to expect and how you can prepare. At this point, the surgical procedure is likely planned and scheduled, and you have already undergone a series of tests and consultations to...

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What Can I Expect During Radiation?

One of the most common forms of treatment after a mesothelioma diagnosis is radiation therapy. There are many benefits to utilizing this method of treatment, but it is also important as a patient to understand what you should expect during and after the use of this therapy. Your medical team can provide additional information about radiation and other forms of treatment to help develop the...

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