Surgical Options for Asbestos Cancer Patients
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the cancer
caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, then extra pleural pneumonectomy
is one possible surgical option available to you. Doctors make treatment
recommendations on a variety of factors, including
staging, size of the tumor, your age, and overall health. Speak with your doctor
to learn more about extra pleural pneumonectomy.
What is extra pleural pneumonectomy?
Extra pleural pneumonectomy or “EPP” is a
surgery to remove the lung, lung covering, and the coverings of the heart, diaphragm
and pericardium. There are five major steps in this surgical procedure,
- Making an incision to expose the parietal pleura
- Separating the parietal pleura from the fascia, diaphragm, and mediastinum
- Dividing up the pulmonary vessels, subcarinal node dissection, staple main
- Piecing back together the lung, lung covering, pericardium and diaphragm
- Reconstruction surgery for the diaphragm and pericardium
The most detailed and accurate explanation of the EPP procedure will come
from an experienced mesothelioma physician. If you were recently diagnosed
and you need to connect with a doctor that specializes in
asbestos cancer, contact Worthington & Caron, PC. We are proud to be able to offer
our clients connections to the nation’s foremost meso physicians!