TABLE 1

The four surgical options in malignant pleural mesothelioma, as described by Rice et al. [74]

Extrapleural pneumonectomyEn bloc resection of the parietal and visceral pleura with the ipsilateral lung, +/− pericardium and diaphragm
Extended pleurectomy decorticationParietal and visceral pleurectomy to remove all gross tumour with resection of the diaphragm and/or pericardium
Pleurectomy decorticationParietal and visceral pleurectomy to remove all gross tumour without diaphragm or pericardial resection
Partial pleurectomyPartial removal of parietal and/or visceral pleura for diagnostic or palliative purposes, but leaving gross tumour behind