About Mesothelioma Treatment
There is no definitive treatment program for malignant mesothelioma, so choosing the correct treatment depends on many factors, including:
- cancer stage
- cancer location
- how far the cancer has spread
- the patient’s age
- the patient’s desires
Unfortunately, most people diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma will not be cured. In fact, the expected survival rate is generally only 8 to 12 months after diagnosis because mesothelioma is an aggressive disease and is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage.
Since the mesothelioma survival rate is so low, each patient’s desires are very important in determining the appropriate treatment program. For example, some mesothelioma patients may want to do everything possible to treat their cancer even if that means enduring side effects for a small chance at survival. Still, others may prefer treatments that make them more comfortable so that they can live their remaining months as symptom-free as possible.
Mesothelioma Treatment Options
While many different treatment options exist, there are three traditional mesothelioma treatments:
These traditional treatments can be used alone or combined. When chemotherapy, surgery, and/or radiation are combined, the treatment is called combination therapy. While combination therapy is the most promising mesothelioma treatment method, it can be exhausting. As a result, younger patients and patients with early-stage mesothelioma are the best candidates for combination therapy.
In addition to traditional mesothelioma treatments, numerous non-traditional treatment options may be available. For example, various experimental treatments are offered through clinical trials. Moreover, new treatments are currently being studied. Some potential non-traditional mesothelioma treatment options include:
- Immunotherapy- uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer
- Gene Therapy– corrects genes that allow a cancerous tumor to grow
- Intaoperative Photodynamic Therapy– uses special drugs and light to kill cancer cells during surgery
- Lung Transplant
There are a variety of treatment centers around the United States who offer a combination of traditional and non-traditional treatments.
If you or a family member is being treated for mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free confidential case evaluation.