Value of Extrapleural Pneumonectomy in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
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Andrea S. Wolf and Raja H. Flores
Although there is lack of consensus regarding the “standard of care” for
malignant pleural mesothelioma, surgery-based multimodality therapy has demonstrated
long-term survivors in multiple retrospective and prospective trials. The authors
advocate radical or extended pleurectomy/decortication when possible, but for patients
with adequate cardiopulmonary function in whom disease is resectable only by
extrapleural pneumonectomy, this operation now has a long track record of safety and
serves a critical role in the treatment of this aggressive disease.
Chemotherapy, Extrapleural pneumonectomy, thoracic surgery.
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, 1176 5th Ave, 10029, New York, NY, USA.