Oncology. 2007;73:426-429. [Link]

Karpathiou G, Argiana E, Koutsopoulos A, Froudarakis ME.

Department of Pneumonology, Medical School Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece.


We report the case of a 56-year-old patient with malignant pleural mesothelioma of epithelial type, who responded to second-line chemotherapy with lipoplatin plus gemcitabine. Diagnosis and staging of the disease was done by medical thoracoscopy with biopsies of the right pleura in December 2003, when he was treated with talc pleurodesis. Eighteen months later, he presented with pleural effusion of the left side and underwent first-line chemotherapy with cisplatin plus vinorelbine. After 8 cycles, the patient presented renal toxicity limiting further cisplatinum chemotherapy and disease progression with peritoneal invasion of the tumor and ascites. Treatment with lipoplatin-gemcitabine was decided on in November 2006, and the patient showed important improvement in the clinical status and peritoneal effusion. He survived for 36 weeks, with symptom-free survival of 34 weeks.

Keywords: Lipoplatin, Gemcitabine, Mesothelioma, Second-line chemotherapy, Thoracoscopy, Cisplatin, Vinorelbine