There is no one best mesothelioma treatment option for patients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma – each case is different, and the determination as to how best to proceed must be made as a collaborative effort between you and your doctor.
Much of the decision-making is based upon what type of mesothelioma cancer you have, how far it has progressed, your general health, and how aggressively you wish to fight the disease. We can provide you with information that may help in this process.
Mesothelioma Treatment Can Be Curative or Palliative
Because mesothelioma progresses so quickly once it has been diagnosed, many of the treatments that are prescribed are meant to be palliative, meaning that they are made to make you feel better and relieve you of pain and suffering.
Often these mesothelioma treatments are the same ones that are used to halt or slow the disease's progress – surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. It is important that you communicate your desires with your physician so that all procedures are in keeping with your long term goals.
Three Most Common Mesothelioma Treatments
Mesothelioma causes tumors to grow in the lining of the mesothelium, which can be found in the chest and in the abdomen. Treatments are designed to eliminate these growths, and the three ways of doing this are:
- Radiation Therapy
These mesothelioma treatments can be combined depending upon where your tumors are and how aggressively you and your physician have decided to act.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you are interested in more information, we can help.