Journal article

Controversies in the role of radiotherapy in pleural mesothelioma

Gerard G Hanna, Thomas John, David L Ball

TRANSLATIONAL LUNG CANCER RESEARCH | AME PUBL CO | Published : 2021

Abstract

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an uncommon thoracic cancer with a relatively poor outcome, which has only seen modest improvements when compared to non-small cell lung cancer. The mainstays of treatment have been surgery and systemic therapy, with radiation reserved for palliation or as an adjunct. However, there is re-emergent interest in the use of radiotherapy in the treatment of mesothelioma, given recent technical advances in radiotherapy delivery which permit increased treatment accuracy. This overview article reviews the radiobiology of the mesothelioma and whether or not mesothelioma is an inherently radioresistant cancer and the potential impact that hypofractionation may have on..

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