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Pleural Mesothelioma Radiation Treatment

Pleural Mesothelioma: Radiation Treatments

In terms of treating pleural mesothelioma, radiation has proved to be useful as an adjuvant to EPP with extended survivals reported in large tertiary centers. The types of radiation that should be used are currently under investigation. Some centers are testing IMRT (intensity-modulated radiation therapy), photodynamic therapy, and adjuvant hemothoracic radiotherapy. The best use of radiation therapy following an EPP has yet to be clearly defined. It is difficult to give radiation therapy following a PD as the damage to the lung can be extensive. Studies are underway to see if IMRT might be useful in this setting. Radiation therapy using any of these techniques has the risk of causing radiation pnemonitis to remain in the lung post. Only an experienced radiologist at a major center should be considered to apply this mesothelioma treatment option.

Relevant Studies Involving Radiation as a Part of Pleural Mesothelioma Treatment Include
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