Any person who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or supported a loved one with this diagnosis knows how devastating this illness is. They may also understand that despite medical advancements, this cancer is rare and aggressive making it very difficult to treat.
But there are a number of treatment options that patients will have to consider. In this post, we will explore the various methods that doctors and other professionals currently utilize to treat mesothelioma.
According to the Mayo Clinic, mesothelioma treatments depend heavily on how advanced the cancer is. Unfortunately, many people are not diagnosed with mesothelioma until after all other potential conditions are ruled out, meaning that the cancer is often in the advanced stages and aggressive treatments are necessary.
One potential treatment is surgery. Doctors may operate to remove the cancerous cells in the hopes of curing the condition; they may also need to perform surgery to ease the symptoms of the disease and slow the cancer’s growth.
Before, after or in place of surgery, patients may undergo radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. Radiation uses powerful beams to target cancer cells and eradicate them, while chemotherapy involves chemically killing off harmful cells.
A person may also pursue alternative solutions to manage or ease their symptoms. These methods may include acupuncture or breathing and relaxation therapies.
There are also a number of clinical trials underway in which a patient may choose to participate. These trials involve experimental treatments, which help doctors try new methods in the hopes of identifying more effective methods of treating mesothelioma.
While there are many options available for treating mesothelioma, the fact is they are all require patients to be in the hospital or under the care of a medical professional. Patients can end up spending a lot of time and money on their care, which is why those who are diagnosed often seek the advice of an attorney regarding potential legal claims and compensation.
Mesothelioma can be caused by exposure to asbestos, and this exposure may have been the result of negligence on the part of a product manufacturer, employer or property owner. In order to better understand your legal options and the financial benefits of pursuing a claim, it can be wise to speak with an attorney.