Contemporary radiation therapy techniques in malignant pleural mesothelioma: A case report

Joshua Noah Halpern, Shauna Marie McVorran, Mordecha Loksen


Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare but very aggressive neoplasm. Prognosis is poor and the disease is fatalwithin 4-8 months without treatment. Even with a trimodality treatment approach, which has been shown to produce significantmorbidity, median survival does not exceed 11 months. There is a need therefore for exploring new treatment options that canimprove both qualitative and quantitative outcomes.

This case report describes locally advanced malignant pleural mesothelioma treated with a unique, customized irradiationtechnique involving a combination of 3D conformal therapy and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). This allowed fortreatment of the pleura to a high dose, while sparing the lung parenchyma. In this patient, our approach resulted in a prolongedremission. It is our hope that this stimulates new interest in the use of modern day radiation techniques in the treatment of MPM.


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Journal of Solid Tumors

ISSN 1925-4067(Print)   ISSN 1925-4075(Online)

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