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Mesothelioma Recurrence Treated With Second Surgery

When pleural mesothelioma returns after treatment, attacking it with a second round of surgery can provide symptom relief, but no real hope for a cure, according to a recent study published in the January Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Doctors frequently treat pleural mesothelioma with a radical surgery called extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP), which removes parts of the diseased lung, lung lining, heart lining, and diaphragm. Yet even with this aggressive approach, the cancer often returns. A second surgery can be performed, but no study has yet determined whether patients actually benefit from the additional procedure. To determine what, if any, benefit a second surgery might have for patients whose cancer has returned, researchers in Italy reviewed the medical records of 74 … Continue reading Mesothelioma Recurrence Treated With Second Surgery »