A newly published piece of research suggests that if a mesothelioma patient undergoes surgery for the complete removal of the mesothelioma tissue, this may prolong survival times in patients.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Thoracic Disease, claims that the increase in the length of survival occurred when the surgeons used two common methods of cancer tissue removal during surgery. Coupled with a combination of treatment therapies, including chemotherapy and radiation this can add significant time to a mesothelioma patient’s life.
Mesothelioma is invariably caused by contact with asbestos and sufferers have a range of treatment options available to them, depending on the speed at which the cancerous tissues are detected. Whilst mesothelioma is a malignant cancer, treatment options are used to improve quality of life, whilst also looking to extend the life expectancy of those victims of the asbestos related cancer.
Total removal of the mesothelioma is termed macroscopic complete resection and in order to remove the cancerous tissue, surgeons perform either extended pleurectomy and decortication or an extra pleural pneumonectomy.
The researchers reviewed a number of studies to consider the position when patients have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and the requisite treatment as a result. The studies showed that surgeons often take the view that the advanced onset of mesothelioma is unable to be operated on and tend to solely rely on chemotherapy treatment.
Highlighted within the studies that they reviewed however, the researchers found that when a combination of chemotherapy, surgery and also radiation was undertaken, mesothelioma patients survival rates increased two and three-fold. This approach had only tended to be offered to mesothelioma patients who have relatively early onset of the asbestos related cancer. Whilst the study shows that this can and possibly should be offered to all those misfortunate enough to have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
One study which looked at 90 mesothelioma suffers who were treated with extended pleurectomy and decortication, found that this was not only safe but also effective. This treatment was also viable for those who are suffering in the advanced stages of the asbestos disease.
Furthermore, the mesothelioma patients who stuck to and completed all three of the treatments in the form of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, survived longer than for those who did not.
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