Recurrence of mesothelioma in patients

Receiving a diagnosis of certain types of cancer can be devastating. While many types of cancer are treatable, there are other types that are difficult to manage, and they often result in the death of the patient. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that often has devastating consequences for those suffering from it, and while difficult to treat, it is possible that some patients may see favorable results with aggressive treatment. Some may have a period of time when they do not have any detectable amount of the disease.

However, due to the aggressive nature of this type of cancer, it is possible for someone who survived this disease to experience a recurrence. Mesothelioma is most often the effect of asbestos exposure, which is a toxic particle that can cause serious harm when breathed in. Unfortunately, people exposed to asbestos are often unaware of the consequences of it until years, even decades, later.

The fear of recurrence

One of the biggest fears of a cancer patient is the return of a disease that they have already fought. While there is no way to know with certainty which patients may experience a recurrence of their disease, it may be more common for those who have more aggressive forms of cancer, such as mesothelioma. If it does come back, a person may experience symptoms that include chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing. While each patient is different, the treatment of recurrent mesothelioma may include:

  • A surgeon may perform a chest wall resection surgery to remove the tumor in a way that does not disrupt or harm other organs.
  • For patients who have previously not received chemotherapy drugs, a doctor may prescribe raltitrexed, pemetrexed or cisplatin.
  • The doctor may decide to employ the use of second-line chemotherapy drugs if the patient previously received chemo.
  • A patient may receive a type of novel biological therapy, targeted chemotherapy or targeted therapy through a clinical trial.

The right approach for the treatment of recurrent mesothelioma depends on the individual patient, his or her medical treatment and other factors. Patients who are suffering from this disease could be victims of toxic exposure in their workplaces, which means that they could have a legal claim to financial compensation and support. A North Carolina family navigating this situation could find it helpful to have guidance as they explore their options.