Surgery is a frightening proposition in the best of situations, but when you’ve been diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer like malignant pleural mesothelioma, the idea of having an aggressive operation is even more frightening. Yet according to a recent study conducted by Loyola University in partnership with the University of Chicago, an aggressive operation known as P/D, or pleurectomy decortication, provides the greatest benefit to those who are in the most vulnerable position – those whose tumors are the largest and most advanced.
The study followed the cases of 114 patients diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, asking them pointed questions about the state of their health and quality of life prior to surgery, as well as at intervals following the surgery. Some of the patients had been diagnosed with small pleural tumors: among this group, there were few complaints about discomfort or compromised abilities prior to surgery, especially as compared to the group that had the larger tumors and more advanced disease state. But when the P/D surgery had been completed and patients were asked again about how they were feeling, the sicker patients who had originally complained of symptoms the most were the ones that felt the greatest benefit and improvement – and this marked difference in perceived value from having had surgery continued over an extended period of time.
Though the pleurectomy and decortication surgery offered to mesothelioma patients is an aggressive form of surgery, it is not considered as radical as the extra pleural pneumonectomy which involves the removal of the entire lung, in addition to the pleural lining and other involved tissues. A different study conducted earlier this year established that no matter how advanced a mesothelioma patient’s condition, the use of pleurectomy and decortication gave a much better improvement in quality of life than the more invasive EPP procedure.
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