Treatment Options for Mesothelioma
After you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, one of the first things you might begin considering is what you can do to either slow down the progression of this aggressive form of asbestos-related cancer, or options for relieving the symptoms as much as possible. There are many options available for mesothelioma patients now that can help lengthen their life expectancy, depending on various factors. Here are some of the most effective treatments you might want to consider:
This is an ideal form of treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma at an early stage. Surgery can be used to remove either all or most of the tumors, depending on its location. This might involve the removal of a patient’s mesothelial lining, one of more lymph nodes, or part or all of a lung or other organ.
Chemotherapy drugs can target fast-growing cancer cells. This type of treatment is often used in conjunction with surgery. It is used to kill off the remaining mesothelioma cells that surgery missed or could not remove.
Mesothelioma tumors can be shrunk using targeted radiation, which makes them easier to remove through a surgical procedure. It can be delivered through an external or internal source, depending on the location of the tumor.
The Multimodal Approach
In most cases, one form of treatment will not suffice and many specialists typically recommend a multimodal approach, using a combination of the aforementioned treatments. Using multiple treatments has been shown to be more effective in treating mesothelioma than using one form of treatment alone, according to various studies. One of the most common multimodal approaches is the combination of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) and surgery, which has been known to increase the life expectancy of those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in recent years.
The concept behind this approach is this: a primary treatment is used in combination with a helper treatment that can either be performed before or after the primary treatment. When performed prior to the primary treatment, this helper treatment is referred to as a “neoadjuvant therapy.” If performed after the primary treatment, it is referred to as an “adjuvant therapy.” It is also possible to use a helper treatment before and after the primary one is performed. The three-step process might look something like this:
- Neoadjuvant therapy: Radiation is used to shrink the size of the tumor.
- Primary treatment: Surgery is performed to remove the tumor.
- Adjuvant therapy: Chemotherapy is used to kill any remaining mesothelioma cells.
New York Mesothelioma Attorneys
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It is also entirely preventable. Occupational exposure and exposure in homes are the two most common sources of asbestos exposure and, because the fibers are easily transferred, those who have asbestos fibers on their clothing can unknowingly put others they care about at risk. Unfortunately, this disease is not easy to detect in its early stages since its symptoms are not apparent for at least 20 years, giving it plenty of time to spread and minimize the life expectancy of a patient. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, now is the time to review your options for legal recourse, and hold any at-fault parties responsible for their use of asbestos. The Williams Law Firm, P.C. will help ensure those who suffer from mesothelioma, and their family, receive the financial compensation they need and deserve. You should not have to suffer in silence.
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