Treatment Options for Mesothelioma
If you have been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have a number of treatment options you and your oncologist may decide to pursue. The types of treatments that are available largely depend on your diagnosis and the stage the cancer is in. In other words, if the cancer is caught early on and is a less aggressive form, you may have more available options for treatment.
Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis can result in many upsetting emotions including surprise, disbelief, confusion, anger, and sadness. But mesothelioma is an aggressive and stubborn form of cancer and you must think long and hard about your treatment options.
Treatment options for mesothelioma commonly include:
- Surgery–surgery is used in an attempt to completely remove the cancer or as a method to make a patient more comfortable.
- Radiation therapy–radiation is easier to tolerate than chemotherapy and is often used if a patient is too fragile for chemo. It involves a series of treatments in which a beam of radiation that is aimed at the mesothelioma cancer.
- Chemotherapy–this is when a cocktail of drugs is given to a patient in pill form or intravenously. These drugs tend to have severe, debilitating side effects such as constant nausea and vomiting, hair loss, and weakness.
- Combination therapy–it is common today to receive a number of different treatments for cancer. Many patients will undergo surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation in an attempt to attack the cancer.
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