Mesothelioma is most often diagnosed in its later stages. Therefore the aim of any surgery is usually to relieve the unpleasant symptoms that affect most mesothelioma patients, such as pain, shortness of breath and coughing. Surgery may prolong a patient’s life, even though it cannot offer a cure.
Mr Scarci has particular expertise in mesothelioma surgery. Some procedures are relatively simple and can done more than once; others are quite drastic and only performed as a last resort. The disease varies greatly between patients, so please contact us to discuss your specific situation. Mr Scarci will determine which procedure(s) may be appropriate for your mesothelioma treatment, in order to improve your quality of life.
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Probably the most frequent surgical procedure for mesothelioma patients is the removal of fluid from the area around the lungs. Known as thoracentesis, this can temporarily relieve symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath. Thoracentesis can generally be done on an outpatient basis but a hospital stay may necessary for high-risk patients, or if another procedure is needed at the same time.
This involves the injection of talc or other substances into the chest cavity, which causes scarring and prevents fluid from returning. The American Cancer Society reports that pleurodesis has about a 90 per cent success rate and will eliminate or significantly reduce the build-up of fluid, at least temporarily, in a majority of patients. This is a surgical procedure requiring anaesthesia and a short hospital stay.
Pleurectomy and decortication
Pleurectomy/decortication is a more complicated and radical surgical procedure involving removal of the pleura – the lining of the lung – where the tumour is located. While it is not possible to cure the disease, the surgeon aims to remove as much cancer tissue as possible, with patients then receiving chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy following surgery. This operation involves a larger scar on the back and can carry substantial risks.