There are several ways to treat mesothelioma cancers; three are considered “standard” and others are currently being used in clinical trials. Success with any mesothelioma treatment depends upon many factors, such as the type of mesothelioma cancer, the stage of the cancer and the patient’s health history.
The three standard types of treatment used for malignant mesothelioma are surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
Surgery. According to the National Cancer Institute (www.cancer.org), mesothelioma surgical options include:
However, even if the doctor removes all of the cancer that can be seen at the time of the surgery, some patients may be still be given chemotherapy or radiation therapy afterward to kill any cancer cells that remain.
Radiation therapy. Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment which uses high-energy X-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing. There are two types of radiation therapy – external and internal. External radiation therapy uses a machine outside the body to send radiation toward the cancer; internal radiation therapy uses a radioactive substance sealed in needles, seeds, wires or catheters that are placed directly into or near the cancer itself.
Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells – either by killing the cells altogether or by preventing them from dividing. Chemotherapy can be taken orally or be injected.
When taken orally (referred to as systemic chemotherapy), drugs enter the bloodstream and can reach cancer cells throughout the entire body.
When placed directly into the body’s cerebrospinal (brain and spinal cord) fluid, an organ or a body cavity such as the abdomen (referred to as regional chemotherapy), the drugs mainly affect cancer cells in those specific areas. In certain situations, doctors will use a combination of chemotherapy methods to attack the cancer.
New ways to treat mesothelioma are continually being discovered and tested. Some of the newer mesothelioma treatments being used in clinical trials include biologic therapy, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy and gene therapy.
How will you pay for your costly medical treatment? A successful claim against the asbestos maker could cover those expenses and other damages related to your illness.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., offers a free, no-obligation evaluation of mesothelioma claims in Chicago and throughout Illinois. You will not pay for our legal services unless we obtain compensation for you and your family. Contact us toll free at 877-975-7991 or use our free online contact form.