EPP treatment involves the removal of the cancerous lung and surrounding tissue. Experts have considered it risky because it has resulted in heart attacks, kidney failure, fluid buildup or pulmonary embolisms. Some sources cite a 60 percent complication rate being associated with the treatment. A recent study, however, shows significant improvement in quality of life and provides an additional vote of confidence for the EPP procedure. In the study, more than two dozen patients were examined over the course of a decade. Results, they said, were encouraging. Researchers said that the improved standard of living from the procedure may merit the risk for some patients.
Study: Risky Mesothelioma Treatment Improves Patient Quality of Life
- Research & Clinical Trials
- Jan. 4, 2012
Mark Hall joined the Mesothelioma Center as a writer in 2011. Prior to joining the content team, Mark graduated from the University of Florida and then spent several years writing about business, entrepreneurship and technology for various online publications. Read More
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