Mesothelioma Questions

Treatment FAQs

Question: What is mesothelioma? Answer: Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos, when it is disturbed, releases particles or dust that become lodged in the lungs or abdomen of the person that has swallowed or inhaled them. Cells eventually mass together and become tumors. Question: How is mesothelioma diagnosed? Answer: There […]

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are conducted to find and test new medications for various health conditions. In terms of mesothelioma, the clinical trials are geared toward finding medications that will reduce tumors and will cause the cancer to go into remission. There are few medications in use today that help with the symptoms of mesothelioma and there […]

Mesothelioma Doctors – Types to Consider

Once you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the pathway through successful treatment can be long and difficult. It will most likely involve visiting various doctors and/or specialists on a day to day basis. While all these doctors will undoubtedly work with your best interests in mind, it can be confusing for […]

Alternative Therapies

Dealing with a disease like mesothelioma is difficult at any time, and it’s important to learn about your treatment options. Besides radiation, chemotherapy and surgery, there are alternative therapies available for you to consider that may aid in relieving symptoms of the disease and increasing your quality of life. Additionally, there is always new information […]

Radiation Treatment

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy is the medical use of ionizing radiation to control malignant cancer cells. Radiation treatments are a commonplace approach for mesothelioma cancers, and are intended for local disease control, symptomatic relief and as therapeutic treatment. Radiation does have survival benefits, yet cannot cure the disease, and is most effective when combined with […]

Chemotherapy Treatment

Chemotherapy is the use of chemicals called cytotoxic drugs to treat cancer. It is primarily used to treat cancerous cells in the body and shrink tumors before surgery. In the simplest sense, some chemotherapeutic drugs work by impairing cell division or mitosis. The fast dividing cancer cells are primarily targeted and damaged, making them cytotoxic, […]

Treatment by Stage

In order to make the best decision regarding a patients health, his or her medical team will take into account the patients age, general health, stage of the mesothelioma cancer cells, and obviously his or her personal wishes. In Stage 1 mesothelioma is present in the right or left pleura. It may have spread into […]