Excessive Platelet Count Linked To Negative Surgical Outcomes

A new study published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology has just revealed that peritoneal mesothelioma patients who produce too many blood platelets are probably not good candidates for Cytoreductive surgery (CRS) followed by hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC).

CRS/HIPEC is a treatment process whereby surgeons remove as much of the mesothelioma tumors from the thin membrane surrounding the abdomen. Then heated medication is used on any of the cancer cells not removed than the surgeon. The CRS/HIPEC treatment combination is the preferred treatment protocol for those patients suffering from peritoneal mesothelioma. The treatment protocol is typically linked to longer survival rates however based on the results from the study the treatment could have a negative impact should the patient’s body produce too many platelets.

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