Understanding Cytoreductive Surgery
Mesothelioma is a cancer primarily caused by asbestos exposure. Frustratingly, it may not appear for 15-30 years after your initial exposure and this can make it difficult to identify the source. Despite this long latency period, however, mesothelioma can spread quickly and aggressively once it begins to take root in your body. This can result in tumors throughout the body cavity. In some cases, doctors may have to perform major surgery such as a cytoreductive procedure to remove as many of these tumors as possible.
When is Cytoreductive Surgery Used?
Cytoreductive surgery, or debulking surgery, is often used as a treatment for people with peritoneal mesothelioma. Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the mesothelium of the abdomen. Because this covers a large area, it can be difficult for doctors to surgically remove the tumors without surgically opening the body.
Cytoreductive surgery can be very helpful with removing the tumors that may be causing you pain by pressing on your internal organs. Although cytoreductive surgery is not typically used in an attempt to cure peritoneal mesothelioma, studies have shown that this procedure can increase your lifespan by 16 months to 2 years.
The Cytoreductive Process
With this procedure, doctors make a large incision over the appropriate area, such as the abdomen if you have peritoneal mesothelioma. They then open the body so that they can locate, identify, and remove cancerous tumors. This is sometimes referred to as debulking surgery because doctors can remove the bulk of your tumors during this process.
Cytoreductive surgery is only one option used for managing mesothelioma. If you have been diagnosed with this deadly cancer, it is important that you understand all of your treatment options before agreeing to a treatment plan. To learn more about meosthelioma treatment, please fill out the contact form located at the top of the page today.