A team of Japanese researchers suggest that operating to remove part of the lining of the chest may be the best way to detect malignant pleural mesothelioma early on.
Pleural mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs. It can be very difficult to diagnose and treat so catching it early is essential. Fluid buildup between the layers of the pleura membrane is one of the first signs of mesothelioma, so tests are often done to check for this symptom.
However, researchers from the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Hyogo College of Medicine in Nishinomiya, Japan point out that this method is only good for roughly 60 percent of patients. Instead, the doctors are suggesting performing a surgical biopsy whenever a patient is suspected of having mesothelioma.
â€œOne practical way to reduce the number of misdiagnosed malignant pleural mesothelioma is to encourage performing thoracoscopic pleural biopsy unless definitive diagnosis other than MPM is established,â€ wrote the researchers in the International Journal of Clinical Oncology.
However, even the researchers concede that this method wonâ€™t be able to diagnose all patients.
â€œThere still remain a considerable number of patients with radiological/thoracoscopic malignant pleural mesothelioma who are misdiagnosed with nonspecific pleuritis after a complete investigation including thoracoscopic biopsies.â€
In some cases, the researchers suggest to perform what is known as a total parietal pleurectomy, which involves the removal of the outside or parietal layer of the pleura.
Unfortunately though, mesothelioma is still one of the most difficult cancers to treat. Although scientists are discovering new and innovative ways of combating the disease, there is currently no cure for mesothelioma.
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