Mesothelioma is a tumor that originates from the pleura which is the inside lining of the chest wall. Malignant mesothelioma is most commonly associated with prior exposure to asbestos. This tumor generally needs a surgical biopsy for diagnosis which can be performed with a thoracoscopic approach.
In terms of definitive treatment, surgery can be an option in certain situations. This determination can only be performed after consultation with one of the thoracic surgeons at St. Luke's, who have extensive experience with treating mesothelioma patients.
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