One of the most challenging aspects of treating patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma involves the concerns over “seeding.” Seeding refers to cancer cells that become detached from the primary tumor and travel to other sites, where they then grow into new tumors. Seeding can happen organically as cancer cells lose cohesiveness, but it can also happen as a result of treatment procedures such as biopsies, pleuredectomy, and surgical procedures. Concern over seeding is one of the risks cited when patients prepare to undergo removal of mesothelioma tumors, but now a group of Japanese surgeons believe they have found a way to avoid the issue.
When pleural mesothelioma patients are presented with their surgical options, they generally choose between two different approaches referred to as pleurectomy decortication (P/D) or extra pleural pneumonectomy (EPP). P/D is a much less invasive procedure which spares the lung and has a lower complication rate, while extra pleural pneumonectomy is a more radical surgery that not only removes the pleural lining, but the entire impacted lung as well. Each procedure has advantages and disadvantages: though there are significantly more complications posed by the more aggressive EPP procedure, it carries less risk of seeding, because a surgeon doing a P/D procedure generally cuts into the pleura and the tumor, thus increasing the risk of cells spreading in the surgical field.
According to a report published in the journal Surgery Today, researchers from the University of Occupational and Environmental Health in Kitakyushu, Japan have successfully performed P/D surgery in a new way that they are referring to as “non-incisional”. Rather than cutting into the pleura and the tumor and dissecting it, they are instead removing the entire organ with the tumor inside, thus eliminating the destruction of the tumor and the subsequent risk.
By publishing the details of their successful mesothelioma surgery, the Japanese surgeons have provided physicians around the world with significant assistance in extending the survival time of mesothelioma patients. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you would like additional helpful information about your rights or how to get the compensation you deserve, contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.