The Medical Journal of Australia. 2007 Oct 1;187(7):413-5. [Link]

Allen RK.

Wesley Medical Centre, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.


A 61-year-old woman diagnosed with multifocal, poorly differentiated epithelial mesothelioma in September 2002 went into sustained spontaneous remission within months. She was completely disease-free within 6 months, and remained so 5 years later. This case demonstrates that this tumour may, very rarely, regress spontaneously, with no recurrence for many years. A greater knowledge of the underlying immune mechanisms would aid future management of this and other tumours.