New Research Supports Quality of Life Benefit from Mesothelioma Surgery, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Study finds mesothelioma patients feel better after pleurectomy decortication, regardless of their starting point.

PD Surgery and Quality of Life

Quality of Life After Mesothelioma Surgery

The net benefit of pleurectomy and decortication justifies the procedure in the majority of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Chicago mesothelioma researchers say patients who have the mesothelioma surgery called pleurectomy decortication (PD) tend to experience improved quality of life that gets better over time. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted the details of the new research. Click here to read the article right now.

The quality of life study included 114 mesothelioma patients between 50 and 88 years old who had PD surgery to remove the diseased pleural membrane where mesothelioma grows.

“The net benefit of pleurectomy and decortication justifies the procedure in the majority of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma,” says Wickii Vigneswaran, MD, division director of thoracic surgery at Loyola University and leader of the team that conducted the research.

The study, presented at a recent meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, found that patients experienced improved quality of life within a month and continued to improve over subsequent follow-up appointments.

“The results of this study may be helpful for mesothelioma patients who are on the fence about whether or not to have surgery,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving mesothelioma.

Read more about PD mesothelioma surgery and the new quality of life study in Quality of Life Better After Mesothelioma Surgery, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Vigneswaran, W, et al, “Quality of life in patients undergoing pleurectomy and decortication for malignant pleural mesothelioma”, June 4, 2016, Meeting Abstract, 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting,

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