Complete this form and receive a comprehensive mesothelioma & asbestos packet with detailed information about where to get treatment, legal options, how to cope, and much more.





Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, lung cancer or an asbestos-related disease?

Privacy Policy

Asbestos was used for decades in construction and shipbuilding. If you or someone close to you has worked as a drywaller, pipefitter, or in the Navy, you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos fibers. Learn more >

Mesothelioma is a deadly, elusive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. We provide free resources to help you understand diagnosis, treatment, and more. Learn more >

Dealing with asbestos-related disease can be hard. Finding the right doctor or hospital can make all the difference. Click here to see how we can help. Learn more >

Mesothelioma doesn't have to tear your family apart. We help you and your family get through this difficult time together. Click here to learn more. Learn more >

Mesothelioma Surgery

While surgery is rarely a solution to mesothelioma in and of itself, it can be used effectively in conjunction with treatments like chemotherapy. Surgical procedures can help slow the spread of mesothelioma by simply removing malignant tumors. In addition, doctors sometimes need to surgically remove part of a cancerous growth to confirm a diagnosis of mesothelioma.

If your doctor has recommended mesothelioma surgery to diagnose or treat mesothelioma, it is normal to feel apprehensive about the procedure. We hope that being informed about the potential benefits of mesothelioma surgery can help put your mind at rest. Advanced surgical techniques have made these procedures safer and more effective than ever before.

Types of Mesothelioma Surgery

Depending on the type and stage of mesothelioma with which you have been diagnosed, your doctor may recommend one of several different kinds of surgery. Potential options include:

  • Pleurectomy: This procedure involves removing a cancerous portion of the pleura, a part of the mesothelium that covers and protects the lungs. This can help to relieve the effects of the tumor, reduce its size, and delay its spreading to other parts of the body.
  • Pleurodesis: Pleurodesis is a palliative procedure, meaning it is intended to minimize the symptoms of an illness rather than cure it. It treats pleural effusion, or a buildup of fluid in the lungs, which is a common problem for patients with pleural mesothelioma.
  • Pneumonectomy: Pneumonectomies are generally recommended for patients with pleural mesothelioma that only affects one lung. It involves removing the affected lung in an attempt to stop the spread of the disease.
  • Extrapleural Pneumonectomy: This procedure is only recommended for mesothelioma patients who otherwise have strong lungs and hearts. It is an extreme form of surgery that involves removing parts of the pleura, diaphragm, and pericardium (lining of the heart). It can be an effective way to remove cancerous growths that have spread extensively.
  • Cytoreductive Surgery: This is a recently developed form of mesothelioma surgery. It involves removal of cancerous growths followed by chemotherapy administered directly to the affected area. It has been effective in improving average life expectancies for mesothelioma patients.

While mesothelioma surgery is not recommended for every patient, it can be an effective way to help reduce the disease’s symptoms while improving the patient’s long-term prognosis. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, contact the asbestos lawyers of Williams Kherkher today by calling 800-781-3955 today.

home  |  asbestos  |  mesothelioma  |  treatment  |  legal options  |  veterans  |  clinical trials  |  press  |  helpful resources  |  contact us  |  articles  |  blog  |  about  |  locations  |  sitemap  |  Log in
Copyright © 2004-2011 This Website has been prepared solely for the purpose of providing information about Williams Kherkher Law Firm, L.L.P., and the services and products it offers. Click here for the full disclaimer. Attorneys are licensed only in the state of Texas unless otherwise indicated in the biographical section. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Williams Kherkher's primary office is located in Texas. Terms of Use.
8441 Gulf Freeway, Suite 600, Houston, TX 77017-5051 -- 800-781-3955 | John Eddie Williams + | Find us on Google+