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 mesothelioma.
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 symptomatic relief.
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