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Mesothelioma Cancer treatment details. Chemotherapy. Radiation. Surgery. Antwerp University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium



Survival: 18.4 months
   
Toxicity Grade: 5
   
Treatments: Chemotherapy
Radiation
Surgery
   
Drugs: Pemetrexed
Country: Belgium
   
City/State/Province: Antwerp
   
Hospital: Antwerp University Hospital
   
Journal: Link
   
Date: 12/2010

Description:
Patients:
This phase 2 study involved 59 malignant pleural mesothelioma patients. The median patient age was 57 years and 46 were males.

Treatment:
Patients were treated with surgery, radiation therapy, and the chemotherapy agents pemetrexed and cisplatin.

Toxicities:
Treatment-related deaths due to pneumonia and pulmonary embolism were reported. Grade 3-4 infection, pain, and neutropenia were also reported.

Results:
The median overall survival was 18.4 months.

Support:
This study was partially supported by Eli Lilly.

Correspondence: Dr. Paul Van Schil; email: paul.van.schil@uza.be

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