Friday, October, 20, 2017

Mesothelioma Treatments

As medical science progresses, so does the treatment does the catalog of treatments available for victims of mesothelioma. If you or a love one are experiencing any symptoms of mesothelioma or have been exposed to asbestos, the first step in establishing the proper treatment is to see your physician to determine your options. The primary options for mesothelioma treatment include an ever-expanding assortment of prescription medications, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. There are also many clinical trials available throughout the country.

Treatment of mesothelioma depends on how far the cancer has progressed or developed, as later stages will require more drastic treatment. In early stages of mesothelioma development, conventional combined treatments such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy have been successful nearly 75 percent of the time in establishing a recession in the cancer and extending the victim’s life expectancy. However, in the same early stages, traditional treatment like surgery has been far less successful in extending the victim’s life expectancy, with less than 20 percent of treatments being effective. The longer the period between contact with and general exposure to asbestos means the greater chance the mesothelioma has of spreading through the thin linings of the body’s internal organs, as well as the greater amount of damage the cancer will cause.

The process of surgery, while least successful as the lone treatment for mesothelioma, has been successful when combined with treatments like radiation therapy and chemotherapy. In these cases, the victim’s life expectancy can increase up to five years, if not more. Common surgical procedures for mesothelioma victims include the removal of the entire lining of the chest, as well as more centralized and localized operations that involve the removal of organ linings in the lungs, heart, and liver.
Radiation is the most typical form of treatment that is combined with surgery, mostly in cases that involve centralized and localized treatment. The combination of surgery and radiation therapy is only recommended and performed on victims who are capable of withstanding the intensive procedures, as well as the ensuing recovery. Radiation alone can be unproductive in treatment and also further detrimental to the victim’s health, but when used with surgery and chemotherapy, mesothelioma patients have seen their greatest success rates.

When used as a preventative and treatment method by itself, chemotherapy is the only mesothelioma treatment that has shown signs of success in extending the patient’s life expectancy. Yet chemotherapy is most successful when combined with radiation therapy, as well as surgery. During chemotherapy, chemicals and antibiotics are used to kill the cancerous cells before they have the chance to expand and spread throughout the linings of the chest and internal organs. In even more radical cases of chemotherapy treatment, the chemicals are heated and therefore more effective against killing the cancerous cells.