Patient health, not age, should dictate treatment for mesothelioma, University academic says

A 17 year-long study conducted at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, suggests surgical benefits are evident in both young and old

The conclusion of a study by a University team at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, which took place between 1999 and 2015, has suggested that age is not as important in determining treatment options for mesothelioma as previously thought.

Miss Annabel Sharkey, a cardiothoracic surgeon and Clinical Fellow in the Department of Cancer Studies at the University, presented the findings of the study at the 2016 European Lung Cancer Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Miss Sharkey said: “Patients have to be fit enough, not just to withstand the operation, but the follow-up therapy as well. Surgeons when selecting their patients, also have to keep the oncologist’s treatment in mind.

“The main thing is, not to discount the idea of surgery just because you’re older. People generally are more fit today than they once were, and that allows more people to benefit from surgery.”

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