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What is the treatment for malignant mesothelioma?

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Dr. Nathan Pennell
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: It depends

The treatment for mesothelioma varies widely, and always should be tailored to the individual patient.
Chemotherapy usually plays a role, and has good evidence that it prolongs life. Surgery and radiation may play a role as well, and the best care is delivered in a multidisciplinary center with extensive experience treating patients with mesothelioma.

In brief: It depends

The treatment for mesothelioma varies widely, and always should be tailored to the individual patient.
Chemotherapy usually plays a role, and has good evidence that it prolongs life. Surgery and radiation may play a role as well, and the best care is delivered in a multidisciplinary center with extensive experience treating patients with mesothelioma.
Dr. Nathan Pennell
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Extra-pleural

Pneumonectomy once considered the standard, may not be better than the lest morbid pleural decortication (see mars study).
The addition of platinum and Pemetrexed may be helpful. Fancy or plain radiotherapy may be touted, but no trials prove benefit. One group suggests benefit from photodynamic therapy, .

In brief: Extra-pleural

Pneumonectomy once considered the standard, may not be better than the lest morbid pleural decortication (see mars study).
The addition of platinum and Pemetrexed may be helpful. Fancy or plain radiotherapy may be touted, but no trials prove benefit. One group suggests benefit from photodynamic therapy, .
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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