Doctors Object to Lung Removal Procedures for Mesothelioma Patients

Doctors at the 1st International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma in Santa Monica, CA have unanimously decided against using radical lung removal procedures to treat patients who are suffering from malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Experts and physicians at the symposium analyzed data gathered from both cancer centers around the U.S. and a U.K.-based Mesothelioma and Radical Surgery trial. Additionally, those at the symposium heard presentations from experts who addressed the potential complications caused by extrapleural pneumonectomies, or the removal of the lung.

By the end of the day-long symposium, Dr. Robert B. Cameron, who is the chairman of the event in addition to being the director of the UCLA Mesothelioma Research Program, said that the attendants were “unanimous” in agreement that lung removal techniques were not the best way to treat malignant pleural mesothelioma.

“The information presented at this Symposium makes an incredibly strong statement that surgical removal of the lung for treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma should no longer be performed anywhere in the world, just like it has been abandoned already in the U.K.,” he said.

Dr. Cameron added that lung-sparing pleurectomies were the “preferred surgical procedure” to perform on mesothelioma patients if that course of action is chosen. This method has already become a common method of treatment in the UK.

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