Indian Doctors Say Temperature and Fluid Management Boost Mesothelioma Surgery Outcomes, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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In a new report, anesthesiologists and surgeons say managing a mesothelioma patient’s body temperature and other key parameters can improve survival with radical surgery.

Safer Surgery for Mesothelioma

Making Mesothelioma Surgery Safer

Advanced intra-operative monitoring with prompt corrective interventions will help in improved patient outcome.

Researchers at a hospital in Karnataka, India say their management of a 58-year-old man’s radical mesothelioma surgery shows how the procedure can be made safer for other patients. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the revealing case report. Click here to read it now.

Doctors at Manipal Hospital say sudden changes in body temperature during extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) and heated chemotherapy (HITHOC) account for some of the most serious mesothelioma surgery complications. But they can be overcome.

“Thorough pre-operative assessment and preparation [and] advanced intra-operative monitoring with prompt corrective interventions will help in improved patient outcome,” writes anesthesiologist Dr. Jalaja Koppa Ramegowda.

The report, in the Indian Journal of Anaesthesia, demonstrates how interventions such as warming blankets and cold intravenous fluids can be used to make mesothelioma surgery more survivable.

“EPP mesothelioma surgery remains controversial, largely because of the high risk for complications,” says Alex Strauss, Surviving Mesothelioma’s Managing Editor. “It is encouraging to think that there may be ways to reduce some of these complications and achieve better outcomes.”

To read more about the surgical interventions the Indian team used to manage their mesothelioma patient, see Reducing Complications in Radical Mesothelioma Surgery, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Ramegowda, JK, et al, “Anaesthetic management of extra-pleural pneumonectomy and hyperthermic introthoracic chemotherapy procedure”, Indian Journal of Anaesthesia, December 2015, pp. 807-810, http://www.ijaweb.org/article.asp?issn=0019-5049;year=2015;volume=59;issue=12;spage=807;epage=810;aulast=Ramegowda

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