3 Primary Mesothelioma Treatments
The primary treatment options for malignant Mesothelioma are Chemotherapy, Radiation, and Surgery.
Mesothelioma and Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy treatment can to slow tumor growth and help relieve pain symptoms for Mesothelioma patients. More than 70% of cancer patients will opt to undergo some chemotherapy to treat their cancer.
Chemotherapy drugs attack rapidly growing and spreading cancerous tumors and cells shrinking or killing them.
Chemotherapy won't cure malignant Mesothelioma but can alleviate symptoms, improve quality of life and prolong a patient's survival time.
Chemotherapy is the preferred treatment option for pleural and peritoneal Mesothelioma diagnosed patients.
Mesothelioma and Radiation
Radiation therapy has been used for decades to treat cancers of all types and help patients to be more comfortable. Radiation therapy will not eradicate Mesothelioma but is useful in managing symptoms and preventing the spreading of Mesothelioma to other areas of the body.
Radiation therapy works by damaging DNA cells in Mesothelioma tumors preventing them from replicating and spreading. Radiation is common through all four stages of malignant Mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma Radiation treatment is useful at any cancer stage. Patients can receive radiation therapy for Mesothelioma before, during or after surgery to help shrink and prevent recurrence of cancerous tumors.
Radiation therapy has fewer side effects than chemotherapy treatment for Malignant Mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma Radiation can be used as a palliative treatment to relieve symptoms of Mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma and Surgery
Surgery is used to treat, diagnose and control malignant Mesothelioma. Survival is significantly higher for Mesothelioma patients that qualify for surgery along with heated chemotherapy. Nearly 50% of Mesothelioma patients live longer than five years after surgery.
Minor surgery is used to diagnose Mesothelioma and control pain and symptoms.
Major surgery is used to cancerous tumors and improve long-term prognosis.
A Mesothelioma doctor will recommend which surgery is best for each unique case.
Studies support that surgery is the best first-line treatment option for patients diagnosed with Mesothelioma.
Surgery is currently the most promising treatment option for peritoneal Mesothelioma in the abdomen for early-stage cancer.
Mesothelioma Surgery Types
Diagnostic Surgery: Minor surgery (biopsy) to extract a sample of cancer tumor cells for examination.
Tumor Removal Surgery: Major surgery performed to remove tumors and can potentially extend the life expectancy of a patient.
Palliative Surgery: a Less invasive alternative to tumor-removing surgery and helps with pain and other cancer symptoms.
Factors for Treating Mesothelioma
Age of Patient
How Fast Cancer Has Spread
Location of Cancer
Physical Health of Patient
Size of Tumors
Stage of Mesothelioma [Stages 1-4]
Type of Mesothelioma Diagnosis
More than 60% of Mesothelioma patients are diagnosed too late to qualify for surgery.
A Mesothelioma diagnosis from a doctor is based off specific symptoms a patient may be having. Diagnosing Mesothelioma at an early stage is essential to have the best outcome possible with treatment.
Since Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer, it is vital for patients to seek a doctor who specializes in Mesothelioma cancer.
Common Misdiagnoses of Mesothelioma is bronchitis, pneumonia, and COPD in its early stages (1-2). If you have a history of asbestos exposure, you should see a doctor once a year to get tested.
Mesothelioma Diagnostic Methods
Blood Tests (Tumor Markers)
CT Scan (Computed Tomography)
Endoscopic Biopsies Imaging Tests
Immunohistochemistry (IHC) Laparoscopy
Medical History and Physical Exam
MRI Scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Open Surgical Biopsy
PET Scan (Positron Emission Tomography)
Pulmonary Function Tests
Removing Fluid for testing
Test of Tissue Samples
Tests of Fluid Samples
Types of Mesothelioma
Pleural Mesothelioma [Lungs]
Peritoneal Mesothelioma [Abdomen
Pericardial Mesothelioma [Heart]
Epithelial malignant Mesothelioma
Chrysotile Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Malignant Mesothelioma Cystic Mesothelioma
There are about 3500 Mesothelioma cancer cases diagnosed in the U. S. each year.
The Statutes of Limitations is the period a Mesothelioma victim has to file a lawsuit.
Statute of Limitations for Mesothelioma and asbestos exposure varies from state to state.
The Statute of Limitations begins after a diagnosis or death by Mesothelioma, not the date of their exposure.
An experienced Mesothelioma attorney can help you file a claim before your Statutes of Limitations expires.
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