Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment Surgery
Surgery is not claimed to be a cure for malignant mesothelioma, so therefore it comes down to a valued judgement of whether there is a chance it will potentially extend survival time along with quality of life, significantly enough to warrant taking the risk on having it. All radical surgery has an element of risk, only the person having the surgery, and their loved ones are in the position of making the final decision on whether to have it or not.
If you have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma it is imperative that a ‘specialist’ respiratory physician; and if applicable, an oncologist and thoracic surgeon conversant in asbestos related diseases be consulted. The Bernie Banton Foundation is available to help you find a relevant medical ‘specialist’, and to work out a pathway to navigate the journey ahead.
Surgery for the treatment of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, other than pleurodesis, and some forms of surgery for Peritoneal Mesothelioma are generally thought of as being radical or aggressive treatment, and are only deemed suitable for a very small proportion of sufferers. Surgery is not considered to be a cure for malignant mesothelioma, and as such a sufferer and their loved ones need to carefully weigh up the pros and cons of having surgery against quality of life factors.
Before committing to any form of surgery please contact the Foundation’s Support Co-ordinator to discuss:
The pros and cons of each particular surgery;
The questions (listed below) to ask the surgeon involved; and
What to look for and talk about before making what can only be described as a major life decision.
Radical surgery is normally only judged as being suitable for relative fit sufferers, as the operation itself, and the recovery can be painful and lengthy. Pleural mesothelioma radical surgery has the added trauma of the need to cut through the protective rib cage, which adds further to the recovery period. Radical surgery for both peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma is normally carried out in conjunction with chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy – this is called multimodality or trimodality treatment.
This page covers the following:
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Surgery
Extra Pleural Pneumonectomy [EPP]
Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma Surgery
Heated Intraoperative Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy