A recent study conducted in the European Respiratory Journal, titled ‘Impact of tumour thickness on survival after radical radiation and surgery in malignant pleural mesothelioma’, has pointed the way to help consultants determine the most appropriate course of action for mesothelioma sufferers.

Mesothelioma is a malignant cancerous tumour that mainly develops as a result of a patient’s asbestos exposure, generally from exposure in the workplace, in the environment or as a result of being exposed from loved ones’ contaminated work clothing.

This study into the asbestos related disease, mesothelioma, highlights that assessing the thickness of the cancerous tumour could determine whether patients should undertake more aggressive treatment options against the malignant tumour.

The therapy routinely prescribed to patients who have malignant pleural mesothelioma consists of radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery. It is the role of surgery, in particular that causes the most difficulty, as this may not be the most beneficial option for the patient with this asbestos related cancer.

One approach which seems to have resulted in some success in lengthening the prognosis of a mesothelioma patient is what is termed ‘SMART’. This approach leads to surgery after the patient has undertaken a course of radiotherapy. From research conducted into this approach, it has been found that adopting this approach could lead to stemming the tumour’s growth.

Due to the difficulty in analysing the mesothelioma tumour it is difficult for consultants to identify what form of treatment is viable.

This study sought to eliminate the uncertainty and correlated statistics between the mesothelioma tumour thickness and those patients selected for the ‘SMART’ treatment options. The conclusions of the study noted that the thickness of the mesothelioma tumour was an indicator of survival. Although the team highlight that further research will need to be conducted if it is to be able to confirm the correlation.

If you require assistance in pursuing a mesothelioma claim or believe you have a valid asbestos compensation claim for any other asbestos related disease, then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.


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