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What is the Survival Rate of Extrapleural Pneumonectomy?

The median survival rate of patients undergoing an extrapleural pneumonectomy combined with radiation therapy is approximately 38 months - according to a 2017 study at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center.

Extrapleural pneumonectomy is a radical procedure offered to some early stage pleural mesothelioma patients where the entire diseased lung is removed, as well as nearby lymph nodes and tissue linings.

Extrapleural pneumonectomy procedures are only performed on early-stage patients whose cancer is contained to the chest cavity. Following surgery and recovery, many patients will have improved breathing and quality of life. However, this procedure is far more aggressive than others, such as a pleurectomy/decortication (P/D), which is a procedure designed to save or spare the lung.

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