Expert questions surgery for mesothelioma

There is no evidence that surgical resection for malignant pleural mesothelioma serves any purpose, an Australian expert says.

Professor Gary Lee, a respiratory specialist at the University of Western Australia, was commenting on UK research published today in the Lancet showing video-assisted thorascopic partial pleurectomy (VAT-PP) conferred no survival benefit in mesothelioma compared with talc pleurodesis, a common palliative therapy.

There was also little evidence of palliative