New Research Highlights Role of Infection and Comorbidities in Post-Surgical Mesothelioma Survival, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Italian study finds sepsis is a major risk for mesothelioma patients who undergo EPP.

Influences on Survival After Mesothelioma Surgery

Mesothelioma Surgery and Survival

Owing to its significant frequency and adverse impact, pleural sepsis may contribute to a reduced life expectancy after EPP.

Doctors at several italian hospitals say infection and co-existing conditions may play a significant role in mesothelioma survival after surgery. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new research. Click here to read it now.

According to the team led by doctors at University Hospital Borgo Trento in Verona, Italy, mesothelioma patients who undergo lung-removing EPP surgery have a six-fold higher risk of pleural sepsis than those who have lung-sparing PD.

“Owing to its significant frequency and adverse impact, pleural sepsis may contribute to a reduced life expectancy after EPP,” writes study author Maurizio Infante, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Borgo Trento.

Underlying conditions such as heart disease were also found to be an independent predictor of shorter mesothelioma survival after EPP surgery.

“The decision of whether or not to undergo mesothelioma surgery and which type of have is one of the greatest challenges for any mesothelioma patient,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “Our goal is to keep patients informed about the very latest findings to support them in that decision.”

To read more about mesothelioma surgery and the Italian study results, see Influences on Survival After Radical Mesothelioma Surgery, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Infante, M, Comorbidity, postoperative morbidity and survival in patients undergoing radical surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma, June 21, 2016, European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 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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