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Surgical options for management of malignant pleural mesothelioma in the current era

Loubani, Mahmoud; Qadri, Syed S.; Hussain, Azar; Chaudhry, Mubarak A.; Kastelik, Jack A.


Mahmoud Loubani

Syed S. Qadri

Azar Hussain

Mubarak A. Chaudhry

Jack A. Kastelik


© 2016 Bentham Science Publishers. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an asbestos-linked cancer associated with a very poor prognosis. Surgical interventions form an important aspect of the management of this aggressive form of cancer. However, debate continues regarding the different treatment options available. Video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has been the procedure of choice for the diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma as big samples can be taken from multiple areas of the chest under direct vision. It may also be used as a palliative procedure to drain pleural effusion and perform pleurodesis. Other surgical options include extrapleural pneumonectomy, radical pleurectomy or extended pleurectomy decortication and pleurectomy and decortication. Frequently, these surgical procedures are performed in conjunction with chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. In this review we will discuss the developments and remaining controversies of surgery in the context of malignant pleural mesothelioma.


Loubani, M., Qadri, S. S., Hussain, A., Chaudhry, M. A., & Kastelik, J. A. (2016). Surgical options for management of malignant pleural mesothelioma in the current era. Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews, 12(4), 286-293.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Oct 4, 2016
Publication Date Dec 1, 2016
Deposit Date May 30, 2022
Journal Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews
Print ISSN 1573-398X
Publisher Bentham Science Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 4
Pages 286-293
Keywords Asbestos; Cancer; Malignant pleural mesothelioma; Prognosis
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