New Mesothelioma Research Reveals Survival Advantage with Repeat CRS/HIPEC, Reports Surviving Mesothelioma

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Peritoneal mesothelioma patients who undergo surgery and heated chemotherapy more than once may safely improve their odds of survival.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survival Improvement

Repeat CRS/HIPEC May Boost Mesothelioma Survival

Iterative [repeat] CRS and HIPEC can be performed safely and appear to have benefits with this group of patients...

A new study conducted by a team of Washington, DC mesothelioma surgeons finds that peritoneal mesothelioma patients who have a combination of cytoreductive surgery and heated chemotherapy (CRS/HIPEC) again when cancer comes back have better outcomes and few serious complications. Click here to read the full story now on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Mesothelioma surgeon Dr. Paul Sugarbaker and colleagues with the Program in Peritoneal Surface Oncology analyzed the outcomes of 205 consecutive CRS/HIPEC procedures for mesothelioma, 44 of which were repeat procedures.

“Iterative [repeat] CRS and HIPEC can be performed safely and appear to have benefits with this group of patients showing an improved median survival,” writes Dr. Sugarbaker’s colleague and lead author on the study, Chukwuemeka Ihemelandu, MD.

The study, published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology, found a complication rate among repeat CRS/HIPEC patients of just 2.3% and no deaths within 30 days of surgery.

“We know that CRS and HIPEC can improve survival in peritoneal mesothelioma, but we also know that, in almost all cases, that cancer will start growing again,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “This study is potentially very good news for patients in that situation.”

To better understand the study and read more detailed results, see Repeat CRS/HIPEC Improves Survival for Peritoneal Mesothelioma now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Ihemelandu, C, “Iterative Cytoreductive Surgery and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy or Recurrent or Progressive Diffuse Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma: Clinicopathologic Characteristics and Survival Outcome”, August 14, 2014, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Epub ahead of print,

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