Pleurectomy surgery better for quality of life, study finds

26 Jul 2017 by under Research/Treatment

220px Effusionhalf 100x100 Pleurectomy surgery better for quality of life, study findsAn estimated 22 percent of malignant patients undergo surgery to treat the deadly disease, according to Research News, but which surgical option is most beneficial? Yet another study has confirmed pleurectomy surgery rather than extrapleural pneumonectomy (EEP) is the best option.

EPP removes one lung, the pleural membrane around the lung, all or part of the diaphragm, the pericardial membrane around the heart, and other at-risk tissues, while a pleurectomy spares the lung. As MyMeso has previously reported, EEP has been said to increase patient life expectancy, but mounting research shows no survival difference or worse patient outcomes for those who undergo EEP rather than an alternative surgery. On average, mesothelioma patients live 15 months after being diagnosed in part due to the long latency period of the disease and its difficulty to correctly diagnosis.

This most recent study concludes that opting for pleurectomy surgery rather than EEP  increases patients’ quality of life (QoL), the news source reports. Researchers used the QoL data of 523 mesothelioma patients in the study. They found both options significantly harmed patients’ QoL for the first six months after going under the knife—especially their lung function, physical symptoms and physical or social function parameters. In the long term though, pleurectomy proves to have the best QoL outcomes—aligning with recent data.

The study concludes, “Although this review generally finds that P/D has better QoL outcomes for MPM [malignant ] surgical patients, more comprehensive cohort studies are needed. MPM patients and surgeons could greatly benefit from this increased body of knowledge when engaging in surgical decision-making.”


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