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Malignant Mesothelioma

Surgery can extend life and improve its quality for patients with this rare tumor.

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a type of cancer in the lining of the chest. While the condition can start in other locations, pleural represents the majority. The tumor is rare and impacts only about 3,000 Americans per year. Most cases are related to workplace exposure to asbestos that occurred decades earlier. Treatment varies and includes chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation therapy, and surgery, depending on your cancer stage and overall physical condition. Given the rarity of the tumor, you should seek care from an experienced center.