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Life During Chemotherapy

Cancers of different organs are treated differently: most cancers can be treated with some combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is likely that your treatment will involve chemotherapy. Although other cancers are different, chemotherapy has proven more effective in isolation than surgery or radiation for mesothelioma.

Although chemotherapy often greatly improves patients’ quality of life, it can sometimes have unpleasant side effects. The most common drugs used to treat mesothelioma have side effects including nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, and sometimes serious hearing loss. These side effects, except for the hearing loss, can be reduced by symptom-specific drugs (like anti-nausea medication).

Chemotherapy and Hearing Loss

The hearing loss this treatment can cause is unfortunate, although it does not affect all patients. For some it may be difficult to cope with hearing loss and all the difficulties it creates. The benefits of these chemotherapy agents often justify the risk of hearing loss, however, because their use in the treatment of mesothelioma has a very high remission rate. Statistics show that treatment with chemotherapy can have up to a 70% remission rate, while surgery alone is not nearly as effective.

Chemotherapy patients also commonly experience fatigue. Battling cancer can be exhausting, something which the chemotherapy can sometimes unfortunately exacerbate. Some doctors prescribe additional drugs to reduce this tiredness and allow patients to be more alert and awake. As with other forms of cancer, doctors will also often prescribe pain management medication. With the aid of these medications, the impact of cancer and chemotherapy on your qualify of life can be substantially decreased.

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In addition to information on chemotherapy, the Asbestos and Mesothelioma Help Center offers a wealth of information for people battling mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses and their families. With our resources, you can learn more about your illness and find contact information for medical and legal professionals who can help you.

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