Depending on your overall health and the stage and location of your mesothelioma, you may need a variety of treatments.
A cure is not always available for those who have mesothelioma, which is an aggressive disease. Typically, mesothelioma is detected at a late stage, when it is too late for an operation to remove the malignancy. As an alternative, your doctor may try to regulate your cancer in order to put you more at ease.
Some cancer patients are willing to do everything it takes to beat the disease, even if it means putting up with unpleasant side effects in exchange for a slim chance of recovery. Others would rather have therapies that alleviate their symptoms so that they can make the most of the time they have left.
The early detection and removal of mesothelioma is a priority for surgeons. There is a chance that in some circumstances, this could be the key to curing cancer.
In most cases, cancer cannot be completely removed. When mesothelioma has spread throughout your body, surgery may be able to alleviate your symptoms.
Among the surgical options are:
The surgical procedure to reduce fluid retention. Fluid buildup in the chest from pleural mesothelioma can make breathing difficult. Surgeons use a tube or catheter to drain fluid from your chest. In order to keep the fluid from returning, your doctor may administer an injection into your chest (pleurodesis).
Removal of the lung tissue by surgery. In some cases, surgeons may remove the lining of ribs and the lungs with surgical instruments (pleurectomy). Mesothelioma can’t be cured, although it can be alleviated by this surgery.
Lung and surrounding tissue removal via surgery. Pleural mesothelioma symptoms may be alleviated by removing the afflicted lung and the surrounding tissue. Because they won’t have to worry about protecting your lungs from radiation damage, your doctor can use larger doses of radiation therapy after surgery if necessary.
Treatment of peritoneal mesothelioma with surgical intervention. Surgery may be used to treat peritoneal mesothelioma in order to remove as much malignancy as feasible. It is possible to use chemo either before or after surgery to treat cancer.
New mesothelioma treatment approaches are the subject of clinical trials. Patients with mesothelioma may choose to participate in a clinical study in order to check out novel treatment options. However, a cure isn’t a foregone conclusion. Talk to your doctor about what clinical trials are available to you so that you can weigh your treatment options carefully. Because of your participation, researchers may learn more about how to treat mesothelial cancer in the future.
Innovative targeted therapy medications and new immunotherapy techniques are currently being tested in clinical studies for the treatment of mesothelioma.
Other mesothelioma treatments
Both pericardial and tunica vaginal mesothelioma are extremely rare. Surgery can be used to treat early-stage cancer. Despite this, doctors are still unsure of the optimal course of action for treating advanced malignancies. In order to provide you with the best possible care, your doctor may suggest additional therapies.