How Can a Mesothelioma Surgery Help You?
Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that requires the creation of a treatment plan very quickly. These treatment plans will be different for each patient because not every mesothelioma patient has the same type of cancer, stage or placement. A mesothelioma surgery is an option that specialists often offer because the tumor can be removed in conjunction with other treatments. Even though mesothelioma surgeries has side effects, it will increase the possibility of survival rate. Below, we will discuss the different types of mesothelioma surgery procedures.
Curative Surgeries and Palliative Surgeries
Surgery is not a cure for mesothelioma and chances are mesothelioma already is in an advanced stage by the time it is diagnosed. A mesothelioma specialist will generally recommend surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible and combine the surgery with radiation and/or chemotherapy.
There are a number of factors that may eliminate surgery as being an option, including whether the mesothelioma has metastasized, the age of the patient and whether the patient’s health will prohibit surgery. If a patient has other health issues, then surgery sometimes is not an option. Eliminating pain associated with mesothelioma is another reason to have surgery.
Here are some of the surgeries that may be recommended:
- Extrapleural Pneumonectomy
- Peritonectomy and Cytoreductive Surgery