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What is a Pleurectomy and Decortication (P/D)?

A pleurectomy and decortication (P/D) surgery is an effective treatment for some patients with pleural mesothelioma. This aggressive treatment may improve a patient's prognosis and quality of life.

Pleurectomy refers to a part of the procedure which removes the tissue lining the lung and chest wall that has become diseased and thickened due to pleural mesothelioma.

Decortication refers to the part of the procedure in which tumors in the chest are removed.

P/D is considered a lung-saving procedure, and it is performed on eligible patients to slow the progression of mesothelioma. Additionally, as diseased tissues and tumors are removed, improvements in breathing and pain levels offer improvements in the patients overall quality of life.

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