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Last month, MesotheliomaHelp
reported that researchers found pleurectomy/decortication (P/D), a surgery to remove mesothelioma tumors
, can improve the physical and emotional quality of life for patients. Now, researchers give another reason this option is superior to the other surgical option, extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP):
the possibility of developing pleural sepsis after EPP.
Oncology surgeons must choose between P/D or EPP when deciding to operate on pleural mesothelioma patients
. The former spares the lung, whereas the latter is a radical procedure that involves removing the patients diseased lung as well as the possible removal of the diaphragm, the pericardium and other extrapleural