Persistent lung expansion after pleural talc poudrage... is demonstrated to be a stronger factor in predicting survival.
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) March 02, 2015
Doctors in Novara, Italy have found that talc pleurodesis response can be a better predictor of outcomes for people with mesothelioma than other clinical factors. Click here to read details of the new study on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
Thoracic surgeons and pathologists at the University of Eastern Piedmont followed the cases of 172 mesothelioma patients who underwent talc pleurodesis treatment for excess lung fluid.
“Persistent lung expansion after pleural talc poudrage and absence of fluid recurrence is demonstrated to be a stronger factor in predicting survival than clinical stage and other clinical variables,” writes thoracic surgeon Dr. Ottavio Rena.
The study, published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, also found that mesothelioma patients with the poorest prognosis tended to have later stage disease, non-epithelioid mesothelioma, and/or be in poorer overall health.
“Talc pleurodesis is a common treatment for one of the most common and difficult symptoms of mesothelioma and this study gives some valuable insight into its implications,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma.
For a more complete explanation of talc pleurodesis and details of the new study, see Response to Talc Treatment May Predict Mesothelioma Prognosis, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
Rena, O et al, “Persistent Lung Expansion After Pleural Talc Poudrage in Non-Surgically Resected Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma”, February 7, 2015, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Epub ahead of print, http://icvts.oxfordjournals.org/content/17/suppl_1/S1.94
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