Cerebral metastases in malignant mesothelioma: a case report

Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 1999 Jun;8(2):104-6. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2354.1999.00146.x.


A case of a 61-year-old man with metastatic malignant mesothelioma is described. Four months after diagnosis the patient commenced chemotherapy with liposomal doxorubicin as part of an EORTC phase II trial. He developed signs of intracerebral metastases after his fourth cycle of chemotherapy and died shortly after. Malignant mesothelioma is traditionally viewed as a disease that spreads locally but metastasizes rarely. We describe in detail this case and suggest that metastases in this disease are not as uncommon as originally proposed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mesothelioma / diagnostic imaging
  • Mesothelioma / secondary*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pleural Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Radiography