Surgery aims to keep mesothelioma under control and help you to stay well for as long as possible. It isn't suitable for everyone with mesothelioma and can't usually get rid of the mesothelioma for good.
Some people can have surgery to try to remove pleural mesothelioma but it usually doesn't get rid of it for good. The aim is to try and keep the disease under control and help you to stay well for as long as possible.
Read about having surgery for mesothelioma in the tummy (abdomen).
Your pre assessment appointment prepares you for your mesothelioma operation. You also learn about what exercises you need to do and meet the team who are involved with your surgery.
You may have some tests to check if you are fit enough for mesothelioma surgery. You might already have had some of the tests while your cancer was being diagnosed or staged. If so, you may not need to have them again.
How to prepare for your admission to hospital and what to expect on the day of your mesothelioma surgery.
After having mesothelioma surgery, you may feel overwhelmed. Read about coping with your feelings, pain and understanding what is going on.