New Report Finds Mesothelioma Outcomes Just as Good with Conservative Surgery, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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A new study from the UK appears to support the idea that the more conservative approach to treating malignant pleural mesothelioma leads to better outcomes, especially for older patients.

Surgical Approaches for Mesothelioma

Comparing Mesothelioma Surgeries

There was no significant difference in overall survival or disease-free interval between the two groups.

Doctors in the UK and Italy have released the results of a report on their experience transitioning from lung-removing EPP surgery to lung-sparing P/D surgery in patients with pleural mesothelioma. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new research. Click here to read it now.

Researchers at the University of Leicester in Leicester, UK followed the cases of 362 malignant pleural mesothelioma patients who underwent either EPP or P/D surgery.

Although the mesothelioma patients who were selected for the less radical surgery tended to be older and sicker, their outcomes were comparable to the patients who underwent the more radical approach.

“There was no significant difference in overall survival or disease-free interval between the two groups,” reports study author Annabel Sharkey with the University of Leicester in the UK.

According to the report in the European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, overall mesothelioma survival was “significantly greater” in older patients who had the P/D surgery.

“The choice of whether or not to undergo surgery and which surgery to have is one of the most difficult decisions mesothelioma patients have to make, which is why we continue to follow the issue closely,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma.

To read the results of the new study and learn more about the two major types of mesothelioma surgery, see Mesothelioma Survival with Conservative Surgery, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Sharkey, AJ, et al “The effects of an intentional transition from extrapleural pneumonectomy to extended pleurectomy/decortication”, December 3, 2015, European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Epub ahead of print,

For nearly ten years, Surviving Mesothelioma has brought readers the most important and ground-breaking news on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma. All Surviving Mesothelioma news is gathered and reported directly from the peer-reviewed medical literature. Written for patients and their loved ones, Surviving Mesothelioma news helps families make more informed decisions.

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