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Benefits and Risks of Extrapleural Pneumonectomy

An extrapleural pneumonectomy is a potentially curative, but rather radical, mesothelioma surgery. The main purpose of the procedure is to help control tumor growth and improve a patient’s quality of life. This surgery is most commonly performed in the early stages of mesothelioma development. Unfortunately, it is rare to find mesothelioma in its earliest phases. This cancer of the mesothelium is very aggressive, but often does not allow for diagnosis until it has advanced significantly.

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Extrapleural Pneumonectomy Procedure

In an extrapleural pneumonectomy, many tissues that are cancerous or may become cancerous are removed from the patient’s body, including the:

  • Cancerous Lung
  • Lymph Nodes
  • Chest Lining
  • Diaphragm
  • Heart Lining

Depending on the circumstances, doctors can use it as a last-ditch effort to save a person’s life or a preventative measure to stop the cancer’s spread alongside radiation and chemotherapy. This surgery can help patients resume their regular lives after the long, traumatic recovery process. Unfortunately, many people do not live long enough after an extrapleural pneumonectomy to reap the benefits. This is the greatest risk associated with an extrapleural pneumonectomy, a procedure whose median survival time is approximately one year.

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