Information from a Trusted New York Mesothelioma Attorney
There is no cure for mesothelioma, the deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure, but there are treatments that can help manage the effects of the disease, extend life expectancy and improve quality of life.
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MESOTHELIOMA TREATMENT OPTIONS
Your mesothelioma oncologist will recommend a treatment plan based on a number of individual factors, including the type of mesothelioma, the extent of the cancer’s spread, the size of tumors, your age, and your general health.
The primary treatments for mesothelioma are:
- RADIATION THERAPY
These options are also used in a multimodal approach that combines two or three treatments. As therapies for mesothelioma continue to be developed, your oncologist may also suggest that you participate in clinical trials for new treatment methods.
SURGERY FOR MESOTHELIOMA
Surgical treatment for mesothelioma can be especially beneficial for patients in the early stages of the cancer. These procedures involve the removal of the affected mesothelium, a tissue layer that lines most organs. Mesothelioma most often originates in the pleura, the protective membrane around the lungs, although it can also develop in the mesothelium of the abdomen or the heart and spread to surrounding organs.
Patients who suffer from early stage pleural mesothelioma—the most common type of mesothelioma–may benefit from an aggressive surgery known as extrapleural pneumonectomy, in which both the pleura and the diseased lung itself are removed. Other surgical procedures may be used to drain accumulated fluid from the lungs or abdomen in order to improve breathing and relieve chest or abdominal pain.
CHEMOTHERAPY FOR MESOTHELIOMA
Chemotherapy uses a mix of medications to kill cancer cells and restrict the uncontrolled spread of mesothelioma. This course of treatment is often utilized as a follow-up to mesothelioma surgery or in conjunction with radiation treatment. Mesothelioma patients who are not candidates for surgery are typically treated with a blend of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in order to reduce tumors, slow the spread of the cancer and reduce discomfort.
RADIATION THERAPY FOR MESOTHELIOMA
Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, employs high-dosage radiation to destroy cancer cells and reduce the size of tumors. In patients who have undergone an extrapleural pneumonectomy, radiation may be administered following surgery in order to decrease the risk of pleural mesothelioma recurrence. Patients who receive radiation as part of their mesothelioma treatment plan generally begin radiotherapy about a month following surgery.
In addition to these traditional forms of mesothelioma treatment, clinical trials for other potential treatments are ongoing in an effort to find a cure for mesothelioma. Photodynamic therapy—which uses light-based energy to destroy cancer cells—has demonstrated success with other forms of cancer and may be effective in combination with other mesothelioma treatments. Gene therapy that targets tumors, does not destroy healthy cells and alters cancerous cells to make them vulnerable to medications that were previously ineffective has also shown promise in early clinical trials. Clinical trials are also underway for new targeted drug therapies.
For information on medical centers that specialize in mesothelioma research, clinical trials, and treatment, please see ourMesothelioma Support and Resources page.
If you or a family member was diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact The Williams Law Firm, P.C. at (855) 971-0343 today. We are ready to assess your case and help you explore any legal avenue towards securing you the compensation you deserve.