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One of the primary courses of action that your doctor may recommend is surgery to remove your tumors. However, the aggressiveness of the surgery your doctor recommends can depend on the particulars of your diagnosis, making it important to examine all of your surgical treatment options.
However, the aggressiveness of the surgery your doctor recommends can depend on the particulars of your diagnosis, making it important to examine all of your surgical treatment options.
One of the most aggressive forms of mesothelioma surgery is known as extrapleural pneumonectomy. This surgical option is usually reserved for cases of malignant pleural mesothelioma, which affects the protective linings of the lungs. During this surgery, the affected malignant tissue will be removed in order to limit tumor growth.
A pneumonectomy is a surgery treatment option that involves the complete removal of a cancerous lung. In most cases, this surgery will be performed before your cancer has spread in an effort to avoid malignancy.
However, a pneumonectomy will not be an effective course of action if your cancer has begun to metastasize or spread to other or areas of your body.
A pleurectomy-decortication procedure is one of the most aggressive forms of mesothelioma surgery. This surgery actually combines two procedures in one in order to combat your cancer as effectively as possible.
The first part of the procedure is the pleurectomy, where the lining around the cancerous lung will be removed.
The second part, decortication, involves the removal of tumors from the inside of your chest cavity. While difficult, this procedure allows you to keep both lungs moving forward.
For patients suffering from peritoneal mesothelioma — cancer affecting the stomach/abdomen — the most common surgical treatment option is a peritonectomy.
This treatment primarily involves the removal of cancerous abdominal lining, although it can also include removal of portions of six major organs, including the gallbladder, liver, bowels, spleen, pancreas, and stomach.
Not all mesothelioma surgery options are curative, with some looking to address the symptoms of the diseases. One such treatment is known as a pleurodesis.
A pleurodesis procedure is used to treat fluid buildup (pleural effusion) that can make it difficult for mesothelioma patients to breath. This procedure eliminates the spaces where fluid typically accumulates in order to help make patients as comfortable as possible.
Similar to a pleurodesis, a thoracentesis is a less invasive way to address the fluid build-up that is common to certain mesothelioma patients.
After undergoing an X-ray to identify the areas where fluid has accumulated, a physician will use a needle to draw out fluid from the chest cavity to improve patient breathing ability and overall comfort.
For patients suffering from peritoneal mesothelioma, accumulation of peritoneal fluid is a common symptom.
To address this build-up, or to perform a diagnosis, patients may undergo a procedure called a paracentesis.
After making an abdominal injection with a needle, peritoneal will be drained via an intravenous catheter. In order to reduce adverse effects, only a liter of fluid may be drained in a single session.
Fluid accumulation is common to most forms of mesothelioma, and patients with either pleural mesothelioma or pericardial mesothelioma, this fluid build-up may appear around the heart.
To alleviate this symptom, patients can undergo a pericardiocentesis.
A pericardiocentesis is generally an in-patient procedure in which a long, thin needle will be used to remove fluid from around the heart, reducing strain on the organ and increasing patient comfort.
Generally speaking, a thoracotomy is any surgical procedure where doctors examine the heart, lungs, diaphragm, lungs, trachea or aorta via a small incision.
In mesothelioma cases, a thoracotomy is usually used in concert with larger procedures to either get a biopsy to perform a diagnosis or to non-invasively remove small malignant tumors from the lung.
When doctors wish to examine the lining and surface of a patient’s lungs, the least invasive way to do so is via a thoracoscopy.
During a thoracoscopy procedure, a doctor will make multiple small incisions along the chest in order to insert an endoscope into the chest cavity.
Using the endoscope, your doctor will take videos and pictures of your lungs in order to diagnose conditions like pleural mesothelioma.
The lining of your heart, known as the pericardium, can suffer numerous adverse effects from mesothelioma, including chest pain and respiratory difficulty.
One of the most effective palliative treatments for this condition is a pericardiectomy.
A pericardiectomy surgery involves the removal of the pericardium, which can relieve pressure on your heart and lessen the symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma.
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