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Surgery and Procedures for Mesothelioma

Curative surgery is performed to remove as much cancer as possible, but is not common as mesothelioma is usually diagnosed at a stage too late to perform such a surgery. Palliative procedures are performed to ease symptoms.

Curative Surgeries for Treatment of Mesothelioma

  • Pneumonectomy
    Mesothelioma patients with cancer only in one lung are candidates for this type of curative surgery and it is only done if the cancer is in Stage I or Stage II. The diseased lung is removed in this type of surgery.
  • Extrapleural Pneumonectomy
    This type of curative surgery is very risky and only performed in rare situations. It is removal of the entire lung as well as the areas surrounding it.

Procedures for Treatment of Mesothelioma

  • Pleurodesis
    This type of procedure involves inserting talc into the pleural space to cause inflammation and stop fluid from collecting for up to a few years.
  • Pleurocentesis/Paracentesis
    This type of outpatient procedure involves withdrawing fluid from the pleural
    space with a long thin needle to relieve pain symptoms for the patient.

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