Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery did not improve survival rates for mesothelioma patients, compared with the talc pleurodesis procedure, but patients did see secondary improvements in lung fluid build-up and quality of life, researchers reported at the 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer. Dr. Valerie Rusch of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City said VATS can be a good fit for palliative care.

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