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Mesothelioma - Epidemiology and Management

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Mesothelioma is an uncommon tumor. It has a latency period of 20-40 years. The most important risk factor is asbestos exposure. Prognosis of mesothelioma is generally poor with high case-fatality rate, and research to improve the outcome of this disease is on-going worldwide. Due to its rarity, management by a multidisciplinary team with experience is recommended. Carefully selected patients may benefit from tri-modality (surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy) treatment. The management of pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma is summarized in this review. Recent advances in chemotherapy and biologic response modifiers are promising.

Keywords: Asbestos; Mesothelioma; epidemiology; malignant meosothelioma; mesothelioma; pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma; treatment; tri-modality (surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy)

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2011

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