Treatment of Mesothelioma

Treatments are available for every type of mesothelioma, though, patients may respond in different ways to the same treatments. The stage that the cancer is at indicates its maturity level, as well as the patient’s general health. This has to be taken into consideration when the doctor develops a plan for treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation are common treatments for all kinds of malignant mesothelioma, as well as surgery. The chemotherapy and radiation treatments are performed in order to try to kill the cancerous cells and discontinue the rapid cell divisions that are the trademark of aggressive cancers such as mesothelioma. Though the targets of these treatments are the harmful cells, healthy cells can also be damaged. For this reason, patients may experience different side effects such as weakness and nausea throughout the treatment cycle. Palliative treatments that are designed to give patients greater levels of comfort and ease the pain may also be prescribed. Patients also have the option of exploring many of the experimental treatments that are offered. There are many different studies being conducted and they all have their own ‘up and coming’ drugs and or procedures. These studies are called clinical trials and they are often on the lookout for individuals that would like to participate in the trials in hopes that they will be the recipient of the new wonder drug. In subjecting yourself to the clinical trials, make sure you understand how your medical insurance reacts and interacts in that situation.