UK Study Concludes Elderly Mesothelioma Patients Can Still Be Good Surgery Candidates

Medical researchers out of Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, England published a report in Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery which concluded that surgery is not necessarily riskier for elderly mesothelioma patients than it is for younger patients. The report was a seven year study, following the surgical outcomes of 282 pleural mesothelioma patients who underwent extended pleurectomy and decortication.

Dr. Annabel Jane Sharkey “There was no intergroup difference in length of hospital stay or in in-hospital, 30-day or 90-day mortality.” The study found that the biggest deciding factor in the probability of a successful surgical outcome is whether or not a patient had chemotherapy before or after the surgery.

The English study found that “it is possible to safely perform an EPD on patients older than 70 years, with no detriment to short- or long-term outcomes. Age itself was not a prognostic factor for poor overall survival outcomes, and as such, it should not be used in isolation as a selection factor when determining suitability for this type of surgery.”

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