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Procedure May Also Improve Quality of Life
DALLAS (Aug. 19, 2015) – Researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center recently released a study showing that aggressive surgical procedures tend to extend the lifespan of people suffering from advanced mesothelioma, the mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd reports. The study was published in the medical journal Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
The form of surgery analyzed by the researchers is known as pleurectomy/decortication surgery (PD). In the procedure, the pleural lining of the lungs is removed, as well as any tumors that are visible – either in the lungs or the areas that surround them. It also involves resection of the diaphragm (either complete or partial). Afterward, prosthetics are used to help restore the portions of the diaphragm that were altered.
There were 36 participants in the study who had the procedure performed. They were then evaluated twice afterward to gauge their quality of life – 4-5 months after the surgery and then 7-8 months after the procedure. All of the participants who were suffering from advanced mesothelioma at the time of the surgery showed substantial improvement in their quality of life when evaluated.
“While this is an aggressive surgical procedure, the results of the study are very encouraging,” said Russell Budd, president and managing shareholder of the mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd. “The study shows that PD surgery may provide patients with significant long-term benefits.”
There is only one known cause of mesothelioma – the ingestion or inhalation of asbestos fibers. Get in touch with the mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Call 866-700-8994 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation and find out if you have grounds for legal action against the asbestos manufacturers who contributed to that diagnosis.
About Baron & Budd, P.C.
Established in 1977, Baron & Budd, P.C. is a prominent plaintiffs’ law firm committed to protecting the rights of individuals, municipalities, businesses and other entities. One of the first law firms to successfully litigate an asbestos lawsuit, Baron & Budd continues to actively represent veterans, industry workers, and others who have mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer. Determined to fight for the public interest, Baron & Budd is one of the largest plaintiffs’ firms in the country with a robust practice that includes asbestos exposure cases, environmental contamination, Gulf Oil spill damages, unsafe pharmaceuticals and medical devices, overtime violations, and financial fraud. Baron & Budd achieved the largest mesothelioma verdict in the United States in 2012. Visit Fight Mesothelioma, Baron & Budd’s dedicated mesothelioma website FightMesothelioma.com or call 855-280-7664 for information on medical treatments, mesothelioma cancer doctors and treatment centers, high risk jobs, veterans issues and financial assistance for asbestos cancer care.