Too many patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma are going without adjuvant radiotherapy that could extend their lives significantly, according to Dr. Bin Teh at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas.
Teh is the senior author of a recent study the largest of its kind that examined the role and extent of radiation therapy in the overall treatment of mesothelioma.
He and his colleagues found only 3.1 percent of patients diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma underwent radiotherapy treatment in combination with aggressive surgery.
“Surgery plus radiation improves overall survival,” Teh, vice chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Houston Methodist, told Asbestos.com. “I was surprised at how little it was used overall. I would really like to see more than 3 percent receiving this treatment safely.”