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Conversion Surgery For Locally Advanced Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
Published 2020 · Medicine
Two women in their sixties were diagnosed with inoperable locally advanced epithelioid malignant pleural mesothelioma, c-stage IIIB. Post-chemotherapy, the tumors down-staged to yc-stage IA, and pleurectomy/decortication were performed. The pathological diagnoses were p-stages II and IA. One patient had tumor recurrence 6 months after surgery; she is currently undergoing fourth-line chemotherapy and is alive 30 months postoperatively. The second patient had tumor recurrence 4 months after surgery and died 2 months later. Conversion surgery for advanced malignant mesothelioma does not improve progression-free survival but might have a chance to extend overall survival in selected patients without deteriorating performance status.