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Surgery for Mesothelioma Patients

In addition to chemotherapy and radiation, surgery is one of the most popular methods of dealing with cancerous tumors. Surgeons work to remove abnormal growths so that they cannot break off and spread to other areas of the body. While some cancer surgeries are very straightforward, surgery for mesothelioma patients can be a complicated and difficult process due to the tumor growth pattern.

Mesothelioma is a devastatingly aggressive cancer that forms specifically in the epithelial cells, or the special cells that line various areas of your body. These cells can be found lining the heart, lungs, abdominal cavity, and even testes. Many times, the tumors spread in several different locations throughout the lining, making it harder for doctors to remove all of your tumors. Thus, you may want to consider more radical surgical techniques such as pleurectomy or extrapleural pneumonectomy.

The Pleurectomy Process

The most common type of mesothelioma forms in the lining of the lungs, called pleural mesothelioma. To address this problem, doctors may decide to perform a pleurectomy. With this type of surgery, surgeons open the chest cavity and completely remove the diseased lining rather than taking out the bits with tumors. Sometimes, this can lead to removing a portion or lobe of your lung if the tumors have spread underneath the pleural lining to the lung itself.

Extrapleural Pneumonectomy

Pleural mesothelioma can spread to other areas of your body, such as the diaphragm and heart. An extrapleural pneumonectomy is the procedure now used for these cases. During this procedure, surgeons will remove the lining of the lungs as well as that of the diaphragm and heart. Sometimes, the lining can be replaced with a synthetic covering.

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Before you agree to a mesothelioma treatment plan, it is important that you fully understand all of your choices for treating your cancer. For more information regarding mesothelioma treatment, please fill out the contact form located at the top of the page today.

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