Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment Surgery
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 is more common than for malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. It is normally carried out in conjunction with chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Surgery for treating mesothelioma, other than Pleurodesis for the treatment of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, is generally thought of as being radical or aggressive treatment, and is only deemed suitable for a small proportion of sufferers. 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. Before committing to this form of surgery please contact the Foundation’s Support Co-ordinator to discuss the pros and cons, the questions to ask the surgeon involved, and what to look and talk about before making what can only be described as a major life decision.
This page covers the following:
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Surgery
Extrapleural Pneumonectomy [EPP]
Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma Surgery
Heated Intraoperative Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy