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What is a Pleurectomy?


Updated October 04, 2012


A pleurectomy is a surgical procedure to remove part of the pleura, the lining around the lungs.

A pleurectomy is one type of surgery done to treat mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer most often related to asbestos exposure.

After Ken was diagnosed with mesothelioma, his doctor recommended he have a pleurectomy to remove the tumor.

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