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Aggressive Mesothelioma Surgery Remains Controversial

As one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, patients of mesothelioma are often willing to try anything, even new or experimental treatments. One aggressive form of mesothelioma treatment has been the subject of debate as medical experts continue to debate the effectiveness of a clinical trial. According to some opponents, the trial failed to show any benefits to the extremely complicated form of surgery, known as extrapleural pneumonectomy. For many doctors, the operation is no longer favored over more traditional therapies and has been replaced with a less radical operation.
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Understanding the complicated methods and treatment procedures can be overwhelming for patients and their loved ones. While you may have different treatment options available, it can be difficult to assess the risks, benefits, and costs. Our mesothelioma attorneys in Boston understand the struggles faced by mesothelioma patients and their families. A diagnosis of mesothelioma is extremely emotional and may create additional burdens and hardship for your family beyond medical care and treatment. As advocates of patients, we work to identify underlying causes of exposure and will pursue necessary compensation to help cover treatment, care, and your family needs through this difficult time.

For medical researchers and doctors, the use of surgery in managing mesothelioma is controversial. According to some experts, the approach is largely experimental and many believe that taking a surgical approach should only be performed in clinical trials. For some doctors, there seems to be no improvement in survival rates or in reducing symptoms through surgery. Opponents of the surgical process also acknowledge the potential for serious harm.

Patients of mesothelioma trust that their doctors can provide the best guidance when exploring treatment options. If you have heard of surgery, you may have inquired about the possibility; however, many clinicians struggle with how to guide patients who could face risks when becoming a part of a clinical trial. Mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure is rising to epidemic rates. The issue of treatment is of growing importance, as the burden of the disease is becoming prevalent in Europe and throughout the United States.

Extrapleural pneumonectomy is radical surgical option that involves removing the lining of the lungs. The procedure was first developed in England and then became more popular through the 90s. It became a standard treatment procedure for individuals who suffered from mesothelioma when combined other popular treatments, including radiation and chemotherapy. Critics of the method point to a lack of evidence of improved survival rates or in reducing symptomatic effects of the disease. According to some surgeons, it has been difficult to replicate improvements for patients across the board and it carries a high risk of mortality.

For many patients, the risk of the operation is not worth it. Usually the surgery is performed after other methods of treatment are not working. Some studies found no benefit to the surgery and others carried such a risk that it was considered harmful. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, be sure to consult with medical experts and experienced legal advocates to protect your rights and interests.

Call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment — 1-888-367-2900.

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