Current Drug Targets 2020 July 18 [Link] Lei Cheng, Li Na, Xiao-Ling Xu, Wei-Min Mao Abstract Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a remarkably aggressive thoracic malignancy with a limited survival of only 5-12 months. However, MPM still remains unresponsive to conventional standards of treatment, including pleurectomy and decortication, extrapleural pneumonectomy for resectable disease with or…

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Translational Lung Cancer Research 2020 February [Link] Woodard GA, Jablons DM Abstract Extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) and pleurectomy decortication (PD) are radical operations for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) that remain controversial among thoracic surgeons. There is a lack of randomized evidence to support a survival benefit when major surgical resection is included in multi-modality treatment regimens.…

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The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2020 January 30 [Link] De León LE, Bravo-Iñiguez CE, Fox S, Tarascio J, Freyaldenhoven S, Lapidot M, Jaklitsch MT, Bueno R Abstract OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of venous thromboembolism and utility of a routine surveillance program in patients undergoing surgery for…

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Practical Radiation Oncology 2020 February 20 [Link] Patel R, Ludmir EB, Miccio JA, Menon H, Barsky AR, Mesko SM, Kodali M, Lautenschlaeger T, Adeberg S, Simone CB 2nd, Verma V Abstract PURPOSE: To explore the use of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) after lung-sparing surgery in malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). Because severe toxicities have been documented following…

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Lung Cancer 2020 February 14 [Link] Bronte G, Delmonte A, Burgio MA, Verlicchi A, Puccetti M, Bravaccini S, Cravero P, Tumedei MM, Diano D, Rossi G, Ulivi P, Martinelli G, Crinò L Abstract OBJECTIVES: Treatment options for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) are limited but some studies on immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) in MPM have reported…

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Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2020 January 16 [Link] Nakamura A1, Takuwa T2, Hashimoto M2, Kuroda A2, Nakamichi T2, Matsumoto S2, Kondo N2, Kijima T3, Yamakado K4, Hasegawa S2. Abstract BACKGROUND: Most patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma experience recurrence following treatment. However, no clinical studies have evaluated post-recurrence survival after pleurectomy/decortication for malignant pleural mesothelioma. This…

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Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine 2019 October 9 [Link] Kuribayashi K, Doi H, Kijima T Abstract Introduction: The surgical arm of the Mesothelioma and Radical Surgery (MARS) trial involved a multimodal approach, with combined therapy consisting of chemotherapy, complete gross resection, and radiation therapy. However, the MARS trial did not compare surgery with chemotherapy, and…

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Clinical Lung Cancer 2019 September 5 [Link] Franceschini D, De Rose F, Cozzi S, Renna I, Franzese C, Di Brina L, Navarria P, D’Agostino GR, Mancosu P, Tomatis S, Scorsetti M Abstract INTRODUCTION: We investigated the possible role of volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) in the setting of adjuvant treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM)…

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Journal of Thoracic Disease 2019 May [Link] Klotz LV, Lindner M, Eichhorn ME, Grützner U, Koch I, Winter H, Kauke T, Duell T, Hatz RA Abstract BACKGROUND: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive malignancy with few long-term survivors. Despite the dismal prognosis, hyperthermic intrathoracic chemoperfusion (HITHOC) was shown to improve survival in a selective…

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