Holt woman’s rare diagnosis prompts sweeping treatment to target cysts

Melissa Hough considers herself to be patient No. 154. That’s how unusual her condition is.

In June, the Holt, Michigan resident was diagnosed with cystic mesothelioma. It’s a noncancerous version of the lung disease commonly linked to asbestos exposure. In Hough’s case, hundreds of cysts had developed throughout her abdomen.

Hough came to Michigan Medicine, where doctors recommended a new procedure called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, or HIPEC.

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