July 1st 2002
Drs. Zellos and Sugarbaker have provided a concise yet complete review of the current management of resectable diffuse malignant mesothelioma and have identified areas worthy of further investigation. Although, on occasion, surgical treatment can produce long-term cure, in general, diffuse malignant mesothelioma is a devastating disease. One only has to look at the survival curves provided by the Brigham group to understand that, of 183 patients, only 7 survived for 5 years. However, neither the number eligible for evaluation at 5 years nor the disease-free survival figures were reported.