What is My Survival Rate After Surgery?
Limiting the spread of mesothelioma by having a tumor removed through a surgical procedure has been shown to provide increased survival rates. Generally those mesothelioma patients who are in Stage I and Stage II are able to have their mesothelioma tumors removed. The survival rate after surgery is increased when a patient combines surgery with radiation and/or chemotherapy.
Pleural Mesothelioma Surgery
There are two types of surgeries that can assist you in increasing your survival rate if you have been diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. They are extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) and pleurectomy/decortication (P/D). Neither of these surgeries are shown to be better than the other, so it really comes down to the experience of your mesothelioma specialist and treatment center. It has been shown that patients who have had either of these surgeries increased their life spans by one to two years.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Surgery
The development of cytoreductive surgery for abdominal cancers has been used to treat peritoneal mesothelioma. By combining heated chemotherapy during surgery (HIPEC) mesothelioma patients have been able to see life spans increased by more than seven years.