Following an evaluation at a European medical conference a particular type of surgery used to treat mesothelioma patients has been deemed effective. The procedure involves the removal of the outer lining of the lungs for sufferers of malignant mesothelioma, and is known as the pleurectomy/decortication.
The evaluation was carried out at the 2009 European Multidisciplinary Conference in Thoracic Oncology. It was determined that the surgery could be successful when used before chemotherapy treatment and when used as part of a three way treatment that included radiotherapy.
In order to determine the effectiveness of this surgery in conjunction with other forms of treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy it was tested over a five year period on thirty five patients that were suffering from malignant mesothelioma.
The testing was carried out between November of 2002 and October of 2007. It is reported that around ninety four percent of the patients completed the treatment. Three year survival rates came in at forty three percent, two year rates at sixty one percent, and one year rates at seventy five percent.