TREATMENT OF MESOTHELIOMA
Treatment of mesothelioma cancer can include surgery, chemotherapy and
April 6, 2010 – Treatment of mesothelioma cancer, a fatal disease caused by
occupational asbestos exposure,
seeks to extend patients’ lives (if only by months). The other goal in the
treatment of mesothelioma is to improve the
quality of life for patients, and that includes the use of certain drugs to
relieve the pain associated with the world’s deadliest asbestos-related
Treatment of mesothelioma can include:
- Chemotherapy, and,
Mesothelioma kills an estimated 90,000 people worldwide every year, while
some 3,000 cases are diagnosed annually in the United States. It is primarily an
occupational disease that infects the lining of the lungs and thoracic
Workers in the construction, automotive
and maritime industries are most susceptible.
Mesothelioma treatment options
The most commonly used mesothelioma treatments are surgery, chemotherapy, and
Surgery – Surgical treatment of mesothelioma includes
three main procedures: 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
of mesothelioma, and involves the intravenous administration of drugs, such as
Alimta and Cisplatin. 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 a
stand-alone 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 relief.
Weitz & Luxenberg – Champion for injured workers
For the most part, there is no cure for this very preventable and very deadly
cancer. Mesothelioma is preventable when employers provide safe working
conditions for employees. When they don’t, injured workers are eligible to seek
restitution in court.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please notify us through the
communication form below. We will evaluate your eligibility for financial
compensation at no cost whatsoever. If you decide to proceed with an asbestos lawsuit, we will pursue your
claim with vigilance to help you pay for medical bills, lost wages and
Please know, there is no cost to you until we obtain a settlement or a
verdict in your favor.