Extended pleurectomy and decortication…had a negative impact on pulmonary function in minimally symptomatic patients.
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) April 04, 2015
Surgeons in the University’s Division of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery have released findings showing that minimally symptomatic mesothelioma patients actually felt worse and had more difficulty breathing after EPD surgery than before it. Click here to read the full story, just posted on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
EPD removes the pleural lining as well as mesothelioma tumors in the chest cavity. But researchers say it is not likely to improve quality of life for patients whose overall health is still good.
“Extended pleurectomy and decortication…had a negative impact on pulmonary function in minimally symptomatic patients,” writes lead author David Burkholder, BS.
Mesothelioma patients whose overall health was more fragile got more benefit from the surgery; they experienced improved quality of life, although their lung function remained the same.
“The decision of whether or not to have surgery is one of the most critical decisions that mesothelioma patients have to make,” says Surviving Mesothelioma Managing Editor, Alex Strauss. “These findings may help make that decision easier for some patients.”
For a better understanding of which patients may benefit most from EPD surgery and why, see Surgery May Not Improve Life for Mesothelioma Patients with Minimal Symptoms, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
Burkholder, D et al, “Effects of Extended Pleurectomy and Decortication on Quality of Life and Pulmonary Function in Patients with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma:, March 28, 2015, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Epub ahead of print, http://www.annalsthoracicsurgery.org/article/S0003-4975%2815%2900204-0/abstract
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