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Benefits and Disadvantages of Pleurectomy Decortications

The mineral asbestos enjoyed dozens of uses before its identity as a carcinogen was fully understood. Many people suffer from asbestos-related illnesses that would have been completely preventable had there been more awareness of its dangers. Asbestos exposure can lead to lung cancer and other serious lung conditions such as asbestosis and a rare cancer called mesothelioma when inhaled. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelium, the lining between the lungs and other important internal organs.

If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma, the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Help Center can help you find information about your condition and even assist you in securing legal counsel. Please fill out our contact form to learn more about what we can do to help you through this difficult time.

Pleurectomy Decortication

A pleurectomy decortication is a potentially curative surgery in which all or part of the cancerous mesothelium is removed from the patient’s body. This surgery has many benefits and drawbacks when compared to other mesothelioma surgeries. Sixty years of studies have shown that pleurectomy decortications increase patient survival periods by a median of 17.2 months. Patients who received no surgery survived for about 6.8 months.

However, while the results for pleurectomy decortications seem to be incredibly promising, there is a much more drastic chance the patient will not survive past 90 days. Up to 55% of people who received this surgery died within 90 days. While a pleurectomy decortication can help improve a patient’s chances for survival in the long term, it causes an immediate health risk which can make it difficult to survive past the initial trauma of mesothelium removal.

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