Expert opinions of the first Italian Consensus Conference on the management of malignant pleural mesothelioma

Carmine Pinto, Andrea Ardizzoni, Pier Giacomo Betta, Francesco Facciolo, Gianfranco Tassi, Sandro Tonoli, Maurizio Zompatori, Gabriele Alessandrini, Stefano Maria Magrini, Marcello Tiseo, Vita Mutri

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Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a very important public health issue. A large amount of data indicates a relationship between mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. The incidence has both considerably and constantly increased over the past 2 decades in the industrialized countries and is expected to peak in 2010-2020. In Italy, a standardized-rate incidence in 2002 among men was 2.98 per 100,000 and 0.98 per 100,000 among women, with wide differences from one region to another. Stage diagnosis and definition may be difficult. Management of patients with MPM remains complex, so an optimal treatment strategy has not yet been clearly defined. The First Italian Consensus Conference on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma was held Bologna (Italy) in May 20, 2008. The Consensus Conference was given the patronage of the Italian scientific societies AIOM, AIRO, AIPO, SIC, SICO, SICT, SIAPEC-IAP, AIOT, GOAM, and GIME. This Consensus did not answer all of the unresolved questions in MPM management, but the Expert Opinions have nonetheless provided recommendations, presented in this report, on MPM management for clinicians and patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-109
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Oncology: Cancer Clinical Trials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


  • malignant pleural mesothelioma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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