Study Indicates Mesothelioma Surgery May Make Breathing More Difficult

March 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Mesothelioma patients pursue surgery in the hopes that the operation will — at least partially — reduce their symptoms. But what if their surgery makes those symptoms worse?

 

According to a new study, patients who opt for an extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) may lose a significant amount of their lung function. Because the procedure removes one full lung and its lining, that’s not completely unexpected.

 

However, many patients have a much harder time breathing after their operation — and that’s saying a lot, considering the amount of stress mesothelioma tumours place on the respiratory system.

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