A new study highlights how important early diagnosis and effective treatment are to long-term survival.
The Importance of Early Detection
Symptoms of mesothelioma may take decades after asbestos exposure to appear in the affected person. Most of the common symptoms occur around the abdomen, like pain and swelling. Other symptoms could be night sweats and fever.
To diagnose mesothelioma, doctors will usually use a combination of scans and biopsies. Treatment for mesothelioma can include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.
A Japanese Case Study on Long-Term Survival
In this case, a 59-year-old woman with a history of previous surgeries for mesothelioma was going to the doctor for regular check-ups. During one of these check-ups, a tumor was discovered in her abdomen through a CT scan. Her general health was normal, and there were no abnormal findings in her physical examination or laboratory tests.
The woman’s doctor decided to run some imaging tests. These included abdominal ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron-emission tomography (PET). These scans showed that the tumor was pressing on important veins in her abdomen.
Based on the location and characteristics of the tumor, her doctors diagnosed it as a recurrence of mesothelioma. They performed surgery to remove the tumor. And the pathology results confirmed that it was indeed a recurrence of mesothelioma.
The woman recovered well from the surgery and did not need any extra treatment. Sixteen months after the surgery, there were no signs of tumor recurrence in her CT and PET scans.
This case study shows that it is important to closely monitor mesothelioma patients. Especially after surgery to find any signs of cancer returning early. This gives doctors the best chance to provide aggressive treatment and improve the long-term survival of the patient.
Miyata T, Nishiki H, Shinden Y, et al. Recurrent mesothelioma treated by a second resection: A case report. Clin Case Rep. 2023;11(5):e7383. Published 2023 May 18. doi:10.1002/ccr3.7383. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10196420/