Pericardial Mesothelioma Experts

Not only is pericardial mesothelioma a rare form of mesothelioma, it’s also an uncommon type of primary malignant cardio-pericardial tumor, according to a study titled Malignant pericardial mesothelioma. Report of two cases, review of the literature and differential diagnosis, published in the May-June 2005 edition of Tumori (Tumor). Consequently, very little is known about it and there aren’t any oncologists who specialize in its treatment.

However, there are some American studies regarding pericardial mesothelioima. As with most papers published in medical journals, contact information is provided for at least one of the authors. That information was used to determine the authors’ current affiliation.

Case Report from the University of Virginia School of Medicine

In a report titled Primary pericardial malignant mesothelioma and response to radiation therapy, published September 30, 2010 in Rare Tumors, researchers from the University of Virginia discuss a case of primary pericardial mesothelioma.

A 59-year-old male presented with periodic chest pain and shortness of breath after exertion. Cardiac MRI showed a large mass in the pericardium attached to the lower right chamber of the heart. The patient underwent surgery during which the tumor was partially removed. He was also treated with chemotherapy on and off for three years, but the disease continued to progress.

He was treated at the University of Virginia with radiation therapy to 64 Gy (gray – unit of measurement to gauge how much ionizing radiation is absorbed by human tissue). The radiation oncologists used a six field 3D conformal technique, meaning radiation was administered to six different areas and the rays conformed in shape to the shape of the tumor. As of this report, the patient was free of progressive disease 86 months from the time of diagnosis and 50 months from the completion of his radiotherapy.

Contact information:

Paul Read M.D. PhD

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Clinic Phone: 434-924-5191

Administrative office/Assistant: Itiala Giles 434-982-6278

Email: ihg4e@virginia.edu

Literature review of pericardial mesothelioma

In an article titled Pericardial Mesothelioma, published in the October 2000 edition of Current Treatment Options in Oncology researchers reviewed what the current available data on the disease was at that time.

Contact information:

Wickii T. Vigneswaran, M.D.

University of Chicago Medical Center

Office phone: 773- 795-1267

Email: wvignesw@surgery.bsd.uchicago.edu

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