Author(s): Blackham AU, Levine EA
Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare and aggressive neoplasm that is largely resistant to traditional anti-cancer therapies. For years it has been considered a terminal condition and once diagnosed, patients generally survived less than a year despite aggressive treatment. Although rare, the worldwide incidence of MPM continues to rise, in part due to its association with asbestos exposure. Patients usually present with non-specific symptoms of abdominal distension and pain making the diagnosis challenging. In recent years, aggressive cytoreductive surgery with the administration of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) has improved survival in patients with MPM treated at multiple centers worldwide. This review article briefly highlights the presentation, diagnosis, and natural history of MPM. We then explore the available treatment options with primary focus on cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy.
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