Treatment for Mesothelioma Includes Radiation Therapy, as well as a
Combination of Surgery and Chemotherapy.
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It includes historical information about asbestos, as well as some basic information
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currently available. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), external
beam radiation therapy, which uses radiation delivered from outside the body
that is focused on the cancer, is the preferred type of radiation therapy to
The ASC compares these treatments to getting a diagnostic x-ray, saying
the basic difference is that they take a longer time.
explains that a typical course of treatment takes anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks of
daily treatments (5 days a week).
The treatment does have its
limitations, the ACS cautions, pointing out that in general, mesothelioma is not
helped much by radiotherapy because it is relatively resistant to the effects of
radiotherapy. Also, the need to treat a large part of the lung leads to problems
with lung damage.
Chemotherapy has typically
been used over the years to try to shrink mesothelioma tumors.
Doctors such as Harvey I. Pass, MD have now found that it may be best to combine
surgery and chemotherapy, using newer drugs in people who are healthy enough to
tolerate them. The newer drugs have been found to work better than the drugs in
the past, and combining them with surgery could allow people to live
In the book “100 Questions & Answers about Mesothelioma,”
authors Pass, Laura Roy, RN and Susan Vento give a comprehensive overview of
many of the treatment options available.
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