Study Has Good News for Mesothelioma Patients with Indwelling Pleural Catheters, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Researchers in Australia say the devices stay intact, even after many months.

Good News for Mesothelioma Patients with Pleural Catheters

Pleural Catheters Tend to Stay Intact

Our study provides reassuring evidence that the IPC material does not support direct tumour growth...

New research on indwelling pleural catheters (IPCs) removed from cancer patients finds that the catheters hold up well over time, potentially opening the door for novel mesothelioma treatment delivery methods. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new research. Click here to read it now.

IPCs allow mesothelioma patients and others with cancer to drain off the excess lung fluid which is a common side effect of mesothelioma.

In a new study published in the medical journal Respirology, scientists at three Australian institutions found no evidence that any of the devices were degrading, even at the maximum useage of 226 months. They also did not harbor new mesothelioma tumors.

“Our study provides reassuring evidence that the IPC material does not support direct tumour growth or invasion even in the setting of high mesothelioma prevalence,” writes study author Claire Tobin, MD, of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia.

"IPCs are a reality of treatment for many mesothelioma patients," says Surviving Mesothelioma Managing Editor Alex Strauss. "This news should help put patients' minds at ease that their devices will continue to help them minimize the complications of pleural effusions without causing new problems."

For a better understanding of IPCs in mesothelioma treatment, including how they might be used to deliver treatment, see Reassurance for Mesothelioma Patients with Indwelling Pleural Catheters, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Tobin, C, et al, “HIstopathology of removed indwelling pleural catheters from patients with malignant pleural diseases”, March 19, 2016, Respirology,

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