Surgical treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma: extrapleural pneumonectomy, pleurectomy/decortication or extended pleurectomy?

Journal of B.U.O.N. 2015 March to April [Link]

Hountis P, Chounti M, Matthaios D, Romanidis K, Moraitis S.


Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an asbestos-related disease with a dismal prognosis. Ethic, social, legal and economic parameters are implicated in its management. It is quite clear that multimodality therapy is necessary to improve long-term results but precise treatment schemes have not yet been equivocally accepted. The extent of surgery is questioned and radical operations are highly debatable. On the other hand, debulking or cyto-reductive surgery have been also proposed within a multimodality approach. However, the role and order of adjuvant or neoadjuvant use of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery has not been established. The aim of this study was to analyze contemporary studies on the impact of different surgical approaches on outcome of patients with MPM.