New Peritoneal Mesothelioma Treatment CRS/HIPEC Shows Improved Survival Rates

Mesothelioma is a cancer linked with occupational exposure to asbestos. Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common type of mesothelioma, occurring in about 30 percent of cases. This form of mesothelioma is a cancer that occurs in the peritoneum, or the lining of the abdominal cavity and then can spread to abdominal organs.  Mesothelioma of the peritoneal lining poses challenges to diagnose and treat. As of August 19, 2013 a team of researchers in Buffalo New York combined surgical and chemotherapy methods to treat this rare form of mesothelioma. Between 2003 and 2011, the team analyzed patients with peritoneal mesothelioma as well as patients with colorectal cancer. The patients underwent cytoreductive surgery (CRS) to remove visible tumors and after that, underwent hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). This treatment might seem overly aggressive and risky, but the complications risks for CRS/HIPEC are comparable to other major cancer surgeries. The whole goal of the combination treatments is to completely remove the tumor cells and then direct deliver the chemotherapy to the site of the tumor. A rinse of the open body cavity with the solution of heated chemotherapy drugs is designed to destroy any remaining cancer cells. Only 2.7% of the CRS/HIPEC patients died after surgery. Their death was mostly due to the fact that they suffered from colorectal cancer and had previously undergone several bowel reconstruction surgeries. After being diagnosed with mesothelioma, patients live between four and 11 months. Mesothelioma survival rates can be very difficult to grasp and handle initially. However, after the CRS/HICEP procedures, peritoneal mesothelioma patients have lived up to five years after treatment. Surviving Mesothelioma has brought patients and readers to the internet for answers. MesotheliomaSymptoms.com is a top resource guide, providing updates and new treatment reports. Surviving Mesothelioma news helps loved ones make more informed decisions on what steps to take after diagnosis. References: Previous: Michigan Man Receives $250,000 Asbestos Settlement Next: Damaged World Trade Center Neighbor Nearly Dismantled