Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology 2014 September 3. [Epub ahead of print] [Link]

Baud M, Bobbio A, Lococo F, Regnard JF, Alifano M.


Malignant pleural mesothelioma remains an incurable disease for which the optimal therapeutic approach remains an extremely debated issue. Though not yet clearly defined, a subset of patients may benefit from a surgery-based multimodal treatment plan, beyond what would be expected with non-surgical therapies only. Indeed, despite some disappointing results on the feasibility of a multimodality treatment (chemotherapy ± surgery and post-operative radiation therapy) based on a lung sacrificing surgery (extrapleural pleuropnemonectomy) have been recently reported, the question concerning the role of extrapleural pneumonectomy in selected mesothelioma patients is still unanswered. In the light of this, we have reviewed our mono-institutional retrospective experience in the mesothelioma management, discussing on the role of extrapleural pneumonectomy in the multimodality treatment.