Researchers Say Mesothelioma Surgery Improves Survival, Regardless of Age, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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A new study finds that long-term mesothelioma survival after surgery is not age-dependent.

Long-Term Mesothelioma Survival After Surgery

Older Mesothelioma Patients and Surgery Survival

[Surgery] patients 70 years and older had improved 1-year and 3-year overall survival compared with nonoperative management.

Scientists at two major cancer research centers say older patients who have mesothelioma surgery are just as likely to experience improved survival as surgery patients who are younger. Surviving Mesothelioma has just published an article on the new research. Click here to read the complete article.

Doctors at Duke and Stanford Universities analyzed data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database to determine if there is a link between age and survival after mesothelioma surgery. Their results are encouraging for older patients.

“[Surgery] patients 70 years and older had improved 1-year and 3-year overall survival compared with nonoperative management,” writes Duke University surgeon and study author Chi-Fu Jeffrey Yang, MD.

Even so, patients over 70 are much less likely to be recommended for surgery, even if they meet the criteria.

“This study is good news for older mesothelioma patients who have either had surgery or are considering it,” says Alex Strauss, Surviving Mesothelioma’s Managing Editor. “The data suggest that overall health may have a lot more to do with mesothelioma survival than age does.”

To read the details of the new study on mesothelioma surgery and long-term survival, see Age No Barrier to Long-Term Mesothelioma Survival After Surgery, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Yang, CFJ, et al, “Impact of Age on Long-Term Outcomes of Surgery for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma”, March 17, 2016, Clinical Lung Cancer, 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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