What Are the Treatments for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma?

Q:
What are the treatments for malignant pleural mesothelioma?

A:
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a type of cancer occurs in the tissue that surrounds the lungs. Its treatment will be chosen depends on patients’ health and certain aspects of the cancer.

Generally speaking, the most common used treatments include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Surgery

  • Wide local excision
    (remove the cancer along with some of the healthy surrounding tissue)
  • Pleurectomy and decortication
    (remove part of the covering of the lungs, chest lining, and outside surface of the lungs)
  • Extrapleural pneumonectomy
    (remove a whole lung and part of the lining of the chest, the diaphragm, and lining of the sac around the heart)
  • Pleurodesis
    (use chemical or drugs to make the lung lining scar and stick to the lung)

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy aims to kill mesothelioma cells or keep them from growing by
using high-energy X-rays and other types of radiation.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy means to kill the mesothelioma cells or stop them from dividing by
using drugs.

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