Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma: Present Status and Future Directions

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a life-threatening neoplasm of the mesothelium, the layer of tissue that covers many organs in the human body. The incidence of this type of neoplasm is gradually ...
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Holistic Care of People with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma: A Thirty Year Perspective

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Tom Treasure


From 1965 to 1970 mesothelioma was an extreme rarity in the medical wards. It became more common in the 1990s, an increase that was documented by the Health and Safety Executive in the UK. At that time, there were already some published series on extirpative surgery for mesothelioma. However, results were difficult to interpret due to variation in protocols and no control data. The observations and concerns leading to the establishment of the Mesothelioma and Radical Surgery (MARS) trial summarized here reflect a personal experience.


Mesothelioma, prognosis, thoracic surgery.


University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT, London, United Kingdom.