Mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer, typically has a poor prognosis due to its long latency period. However, there are several different treatment options available that may benefit patients depending on their stage of cancer, their age, and their overall health.
Learn the three main types of mesothelioma treatment and which one may work best for you.
Surgery is typically prescribed to mesothelioma patients who are in an early stage of the disease. It may be possible to remove the cancer entirely if it has not yet spread to other parts of the body.
However, this treatment may not be helpful for patients who have a more advanced stage of mesothelioma or are in poor overall health and cannot undergo a surgical procedure.
Chemotherapy is an aggressive form of treatment that uses intravenous drugs to target and kill cancer cells or stop them from dividing. While this form of treatment can be effective for many cancer patients, it can also be too harsh for patients in poor overall health.
Radiation is a less aggressive form of radioactive therapy that can be used to slow the progression of cancer. It’s often used in conjunction with other therapies and is typically the best option for patients in weak health.
Other Mesothelioma Treatment Options
Since many cases of mesothelioma are not diagnosed until the cancer is in its later stages, some patients may decide to focus on pain management or supportive care rather than search for a cure.
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