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Can asbestos be removed from the lungs before it causes cancer?

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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: No

There is no current technique that can remove asbestos from the body after exposure, other than the body's natural immune and clearance system.

In brief: No

There is no current technique that can remove asbestos from the body after exposure, other than the body's natural immune and clearance system.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: It depends

If asbestos is an isolated problem manifesting itself as a distinct nodule, then this can be removed and potentially prevent development of mesothelioma.
But in the usual circumstance asbestos inhalation is diffuse and not localized. The theoretical possibility of local control is realistically far-fetched. Mesothelioma is predominantly a late diagnosis.

In brief: It depends

If asbestos is an isolated problem manifesting itself as a distinct nodule, then this can be removed and potentially prevent development of mesothelioma.
But in the usual circumstance asbestos inhalation is diffuse and not localized. The theoretical possibility of local control is realistically far-fetched. Mesothelioma is predominantly a late diagnosis.
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
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