A type of surgery known as pleurectomy/decortication was evaluated for its effectiveness in a study. The surgical removal of the outer lining of the lung was followed up with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The study occurred between November 2002 and October 2007 with 35 malignant pleural mesothelioma patients enrolled. 33 of them finished the entire treatment.
The results of the study were reported earlier this month. Four to six weeks after the surgery, four chemotherapy sessions and radiation therapy were performed to complete the treatment. The study showed a one year survival rate of 75%, a two year survival rate of 61% and a three year survival rate of 43% with a median rate of 33.2 months.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with plearal mesothelioma, contact the mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-781-3955.