Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) After Surgery May Be One Of New Options For Treatment Of Pleural Mesothelioma

A recent medical journal article, “Photodynamic therapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma.”, which was published in the October 1, 2012 edition of Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network discusses how photodynamic therapy (PDT) after surgery may be one of the preferred treatment options for malignant pleural mesothelioma.

From the Abstract for this relatively new medical article concerning the treatment of mesothelioma:

Surgery is the treatment option most likely to be associated with prolonged remission in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. However, it remains investigational and must always be combined with other modalities to treat the microscopic disease that remains after the most aggressive operations. Improvements in quality of life for appropriate patients with this rare yet incurable cancer may be obtained with less drastic lung-sparing surgical procedures along with intraoperative use of photodynamic therapy (PDT). Very encouraging survival results have been obtained with the combination of surgery and PDT, which requires the well-orchestrated collaborative effort of an extensive team of professionals, from thoracic surgeons and radiation oncologists to basic science researchers. Multi-institutional trials are necessary to duplicate these early findings and shed more light on the tumor-directed immune response of this surgically based multimodal treatment.

We will continue to monitor developments in mesothelioma treatment options.

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