Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews

Joseph Varon  
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX
USA

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Mesothelioma - Epidemiology and Management

Author(s): Patricia Tai, Edward Yu, Avi Assouline, Kurian Joseph.

Abstract:

Mesothelioma is an uncommon tumor. It has a latency period of 20-40 years. The most important risk factor is asbestos exposure. Prognosis of mesothelioma is generally poor with high case-fatality rate, and research to improve the outcome of this disease is on-going worldwide. Due to its rarity, management by a multidisciplinary team with experience is recommended. Carefully selected patients may benefit from tri-modality (surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy) treatment. The management of pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma is summarized in this review. Recent advances in chemotherapy and biologic response modifiers are promising.

Keywords: Asbestos, epidemiology, treatment, Mesothelioma, tri-modality (surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy), pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, malignant meosothelioma

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Article Details

VOLUME: 7
ISSUE: 5
Year: 2011
Page: [364 - 376]
Pages: 13
DOI: 10.2174/157339811797189731
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