Mesothelioma treatments include chemotherapy, surgery and radiation
A few types of mesothelioma treatments
are available for patients; however, the most commonly recommended are surgery,
chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. There are also some experimental treatments
that are becoming more popular with patients, or that have yielded promise in
various clinical trials. Some of those less traditional treatments include
photodynamic therapy, gene therapy, and immunotherapy.
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Mesothelioma cure information
At this time, a cure for mesothelioma has
not yet been found. Patients, however, seek out the helpful treatments that do
exist to fight this asbestos cancer. Many
also opt to take part in clinical trials that feature the latest treatments and
medications before they are recommended to the public at large. As with all
clinical trials that seek to improve medicine, better treat various illnesses
and cure disease, the ones for mesothelioma are vital in the search for a mesothelioma cure.
There are also prominent doctors that are striving to provide better
treatment options for mesothelioma patients and have been key figures in the
fight to find a cure. Some have made great strides in mesothelioma treatment
and, as a result, have increased survival rates for patients. with
While it is difficult for mesothelioma patients to hear that a cure is as yet
elusive, hopeful stories continue to be shared by survivors, giving inspiration
and hope to those with a diagnosis of this cancer.
Mesothelioma treatments: Overview
Below is information about the most commonly used mesothelioma treatments:
surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Together, you and your doctor can
determine the course of therapy best to combat your cancer.
Surgery – Surgical treatments for mesothelioma include three
main types: diagnostic surgery, curative surgery, and palliative surgery. Only
curative surgery can potentially remove all cancer from a patient with
mesothelioma. For curative surgery to be effective, an early diagnosis is
especially important. The problem is mesothelioma is not usually diagnosed until
it reaches Stage III or IV, when surgery is no longer an option. Surgery can
only be performed during Stages I and II of the disease.
Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy is an effective treatment
option, but comes with certain side effects. Most forms of chemotherapy involve
the intravenous administration of drugs, such as Alimta and Cisplatin.
Chemotherapeutic drugs are targeted to kill cells that are rapidly dividing by
interfering with processes that occur during cell division. Though traditional
chemotherapy medications seemed to do little to fight mesothelioma, doctors have
been encouraged by the results of newer chemotherapy drug treatments.
Radiation therapy – Radiation is often used in conjunction
with surgery. In some cases, however, radiation may be used as an independent
treatment to relieve pain and other symptoms associated with mesothelioma. In
either case, it is rare for radiation therapy to provide more than short-term
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