Malignant pleural mesothelioma: current and future perspectives

Konstantinos Porpodis, Paul Zarogoulidis, Efimia Boutsikou, Antonis Papaioannou, Nikolaos Machairiotis, Kosmas Tsakiridis, Nikolaos Katsikogiannis, Bojan Zaric, Branislav Perin, Haidong Huang, Ioanna Kougioumtzi, Dionysios Spyratos, Konstantinos Zarogoulidis


Mesothelioma still remains an occupational related cancer with severe outcome. It is usually diagnosed at advanced stage since it does not demonstrate early symptoms. Several efforts have been made towards removing all materials inducing mesothelioma in the work setting and new work protection measures have been applied. Although we have new targeted treatments and radical surgery as arrows in the quiver, the type of mesothelioma and early diagnosis still remain the best treatment approach. Novel treatment modalities have been explored and several others are already on the way. In the current review we will present current data for mesothelioma and future perspectives.