While there is no cure for malignant mesothelioma, there are a variety of treatment options that can help patients improve their prognosis and reduce symptoms.
For patients receiving an early-stage mesothelioma diagnosis, surgery can be used to remove all or most of the tumor(s). Depending on the tumor location, surgery may include removing the mesothelial lining, one or more lymph nodes, or part or all of a lung or other organ. Surgery is often combined with chemotherapy and radiation.
Destroying Cancer Cells
Chemotherapy drugs work by attacking fast-growing cells, such as cancer cells. Often used in conjunction with surgery, chemotherapy can kill any remaining mesothelioma cells and help prevent recurrence. While chemotherapy can bring a wide range of side effects, the treatment has been shown to extend life expectancy on average between 12 and 16 months.
Radiation therapy is a non-invasive mesothelioma treatment option primarily used to to treat pleural mesothelioma and has been proven to reduce the size of tumors and alleviate symptoms. Radiation therapy is often used in combination with other cancer treatments. The two primary types of radiation include external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and internal beam radiation therapy (IMRT).
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