What Are The Treatment Options For Mesothelioma?
Treatments for mesothelioma have come a long way in the last 10 years. Where it was once thought of as nearly untreatable, current treatments can allow patients to live for several months or even years longer than previous prognoses would have indicated. While a cure has remained elusive, progress is being made.
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We understand that you have a lot of questions about treatment for mesothelioma and other conditions related to asbestos exposure, and we are committed to providing our clients with as much information as we can. The information and links below offer some basic information about current mesothelioma treatments.
Surgical Treatments for Mesothelioma
Pleurectomy and decortication: These procedures involve the removal of tumors from the lungs, typically during the early stages of mesothelioma.
Extra pleural pneumonectomy: This procedure involves the removal of the entire lung and may become necessary if the pleurectomies or decortications cannot be successfully performed without damaging the surface of the lung.
Nonsurgical Treatments for Mesothelioma
The two most common nonsurgical treatments for mesothelioma are radiation and chemotherapy. There are also a number of other emerging treatments, including photodynamic therapy, immunotherapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy and gene therapy.
Radiation therapy: High-dose radiation is used in an effort to reduce or completely destroy malignant tumors. Radiation therapy can be used as a single treatment or as part of a broader treatment regimen with chemotherapy and/or surgery.
Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy can be used in many different ways, including the elimination of live cancer cells, slowing the growth of tumors and spread of cancer cells, and the reduction of tumors prior to surgery.
Three of the more common drugs used in chemotherapy today are:
Always consult with your doctor and/or oncologist before beginning any chemotherapy treatment regimen.
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