Cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intrapleural chemotherapy for malignant pleural diseases: preliminary experience

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Cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic-intraoperative-intrapleural-chemotherapy (HITHOC) is a known approach for malignant pleural diseases (MPD). This study was started to clarify the role of cytoreductive surgery and HITHOC in MPD. Criteria of inclusion were early-stage disease in malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), young age, good condition and selected stage-M1a lung cancer. Six patients with MPM and two patients with lung cancer were enrolled. After surgical debulking, intrapleural cisplatin was administered for 60 min at 42.5°C. Wedge, rib resection and repaired diaphragm were added in three, one and one patient, respectively. Morbidity, toxicity and mortality was nil. Hospital stay was 8 days. Mean survival is 13.6 months. This experience confirms that cytoreductive surgery and HITHOC is a good option in the treatment of MPD. A randomized controlled trial is necessary.

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