Treatments Options for Mesothelioma

 

Have you been diagnosed with mesothelioma? The definitive cure for mesothelioma has yet to be found. But, that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do about it. In fact, there are many treatment options which can help you to live longer. What are these treatments? What factors determine which treatments you should undergo? Don’t worry. We will answer these questions for you.



Determining Factors
The treatments for mesothelioma depend on several factors. These factors are.

·         Stage of Cancer
That is, the extent of the tumor spread, whether it is local, regional or distantly in your body.

·         Types of Cancer
The types of mesothelioma, which is based on cancer’s location, also determine what treatment options are available to you. There are 4 types: pleural, peritoneal and pericardial.

·         Overall Health
Your overall health also affects the treatment options. Aggressive therapies are not eligible for a patient with poor overall health.

Treatment Options
There are five treatment options available. But, none of these treatments are considered as a cure for mesothelioma. That being said, some patients have reached remission. The following are the treatment options.

·        Surgery
Surgery is an available treatment for mesothelioma. It is considered as both curative and palliative treatment for all types of mesothelioma. Generally, it takes several weeks to recover from surgery.

·        Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is a viable and effective of treatment for all stages of malignant mesothelioma.

·        Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy is used before and after surgery is done in order to shrink and kill remaining cancer cells in the patient’s body.

·        Multimodal Treatment
Multimodal treatment is the combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This therapy is known to increase the life expectancy of patients.

·        Clinical Trials
This treatment offers mesothelioma patients with emerging treatments, which include gene therapy, immunotherapy, and photodynamic therapy.
Needless to say, these treatments cost a lot of money. Yes, even including health insurance. That said, litigation to get compensation is possible if you have been exposed to asbestos during your work. While there is no guarantee that you will get compensation, hiring the best mesothelioma lawyers will no doubt increase the chance of it.

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