Treatments for mesothelioma are based on the stage of the disease and the patients age and general health.
The most common treatments are surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Multimodality therapy, the combination of surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy, is a common therapeutic approach for early stage mesothelioma. Trimodality therapy, in which all three of these modalities are used, is considered the most effective aggressive approach.
Research is ongoing to find a cure and more effective treatments for mesothelioma.
Clinical trials are ongoing to develop and test new and more effective treatments. Clinical trials should be discussed with your doctor before beginning treatment.
The mesothelioma tumor is often bulky and spread out, which makes it difficult to remove completely. Most of the time surgery alone is not considered as a treatment option, although in some cases it may be used to relieve symptoms. more...
Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. more...
Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells throughout the body. more...
Fluid that may have collected in your chest or abdomen can be drained out of your body. Your doctor will put a needle in your chest or abdomen and gently remove the liquid. If fluid is removed from your chest it is called thoracentesis. The procedure to remove fluid from the abdomen is called paracentesis.
Many clinical trials are examining the usefulness of new drugs in development or new combinations of traditional drugs. Also emerging are immunotherapy, photodynamic therapy, and gene therapy. more...
Because mesothelioma is an uncommon disease, and its diagnosis can be challenging for doctors with limited experience treating the disease, it is recommended to go to a treatment center and to a doctor with experience treating mesothelioma.
These articles are from medical journals and are intended for health care professionals. Many contain information and statistics that may be disturbing to read for someone who is dealing with mesothelioma.