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Current Treatment of Mesothelioma: Extrapleural Pneumonectomy Versus Pleurectomy/Decortication.

The role of surgical resection in malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is based on the principle of macroscopic resection of a solid tumor with adjuvant therapy to treat micrometastatic disease. Extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) and pleurectomy decortication (P/D) have been developed in this context. Cancer-directed surgery for MPM is associated with a 5-year survival rate of 15%. Evidence indicates that P/D is better tolerated by patients and suggests survival is no worse when compared with EPP. Although EPP is still performed in highly selected cases, the authors advocate radical P/D whenever possible for patients with MPM.

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