While your surgeon and oncology team may have their own way of treating you or your loved one, here are the major surgeries that are often utilized to treat mesothelioma in a candidate for surgical resection.
EXTRAPLEURAL PNEUMONECTOMY (the EPP) & PLEURECTOMY
There are several surgical options for treating mesothelioma, especially the pleural variety which impacts the lungs, specifically the lining around the lungs. Cytoreductive surgery involves surgically removing tumorous growths around the lungs. An extrapleural pneumonectomy (commonly referred to as an “EPP”) involves removing the entire lung and its surrounding lining. Pneumonectomy involves removing one lung with tumors to prevent the spread of the cancer to the other lung. In recent years, the EPP has fallen out of favor with most treating doctors. These days, most thoracic surgeons are performing more Pleurectomy with Decortication procedures. The pleurectomy involves removing the lining of the lung and scraping tumors off the surface of the lung itself. Robotic surgeries may become increasingly popular in the future, with the hope of offering a less invasive procedure for the patient, but with more control and precision for the surgeon.