There are two immutable truths in cancer care:
The article linked an excerpted below quotes a cancer surgeon stating for the record, that surgery extends overall survival for those pleural mesothelioma patients who qualify. Mesothelioma centers with more experienced cancer surgeons, more experienced oncologists can offer therapies that less experienced cancer centers cannot.
Further, there are a host of non-conventional therapies for meso patients such as nutritional supplementation or photodynamic therapy that may greatly extend your overall survival.
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“She (Dr. Andrea Wolf) compares it to surgery for patients with pleural mesothelioma. You don’t need a randomized trial to know that surgical patients will do better than non-surgical ones. “Unfortunately, surgery is still an ongoing controversy with mesothelioma, about whether you should have it…”
Researchers found that surgery alone was associated with longer survival rates, and that radiation did not improve survival unless it was combined with surgery. The database did not include chemotherapy, which is part of standard treatment today…
“It’s not uncommon for a mesothelioma patient to be told, ‘There is not a lot we can do for you, let’s just try some chemotherapy and see how that does,'” she said. “But what we see here [in this analysis] is that surgery can be a major component to treating this disease…”
According to the data collected, the survival advantage is significant at the one-, three-, and five-year marks. The survival rates with surgery and radiation were 42 percent after one year, 24 percent after three years and 16 percent after five years.
Without surgery, the survival rates dropped to 18 percent after one year, 10 percent after three years and 5 percent after five years…