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Clin Lung Cancer. 2004 Mar;5(5):290-8.

Integration of multimodality approaches in the management of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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  • 1Cardiothoracic Surgery, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA.


More than half a century after the first descriptions of mesothelioma as a pathologic entity, satisfactory treatment is still elusive. Although relatively uncommon, the incidence of mesothelioma will most likely increase over the next 10-20 years. Advances have been made in understanding the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and staging, but they have not translated into markedly improved survival. Some use palliative treatment as the primary means of therapy even now. On the other hand, a cadre of individuals have studied how surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy affect the disease. Although each individual modality has had limited success by itself, a multimodality approach has been documented to improve survival and quality of life. In addition, intriguing discoveries in immunology and gene profiling and therapy promise hope for further improvement. In this article, we will illustrate the current views on integrating these different approaches and delineate areas of active research.

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