Mesothelioma: new concepts in diagnosis and management.

  title={Mesothelioma: new concepts in diagnosis and management.},
  author={A. Merri Boylan},
  journal={Current opinion in pulmonary medicine},
  volume={6 2},
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an uncommon, but no longer rare, cancer that is frequently difficult to diagnose and poorly responsive to therapy. Because of the difficulties distinguishing mesothelioma from metastatic adenocarcinoma and reactive pleural inflammation, thoracoscopy or open lung biopsy are usually required to obtain adequate samples for pathologic evaluation. Staging of mesothelioma remains a controversial area. Because none of the six staging systems used in the past was found… CONTINUE READING