What are My Options for Treating Mesothelioma?
No one wants to hear that they have developed mesothelioma, but new treatments have improved the outlook for those diagnosed with mesothelioma. Specialists and treatment centers have improved the knowledge base of this disease and have helped thousands of mesothelioma patients drive their cancer into remission.
There are four treatment options that are commonly provided to mesothelioma patients:
The type of treatment that a specialist can propose depends on a number of factors. These factors are:
- What type of mesothelioma do you have?
- What is the stage of your mesothelioma?
- What is your diagnosis?
- What is your overall health?
- What is your age?
One of the major factors regarding the type of treatment that is best for you is whether the mesothelioma has metastasized (spread). If your tumor has not spread, then a specialist will suggest surgery to remove it and then use radiation and chemotherapy in conjunction with the surgery. Utilizing multiple treatments for mesothelioma is called multimodal therapy.
If your mesothelioma has metastasized, then your specialist will focus on lessening your pain and improving your quality of life. Radiation and chemotherapy are used to shrink tumors to help alleviate the pain caused by mesothelioma. Generally, surgery is not an option once your tumor has spread.
A major key to your treatment options is working with a mesothelioma specialist who has connections to clinical trials and experimental treatments. Their network of researchers and mesothelioma specialists provide experience in placing mesothelioma patients with the right clinical trials.
How Do I Find a Specialist for My Treatment?
Our team of Patient Advocates can assist in placing you with the right mesothelioma specialist. There are a small number of mesothelioma specialists in America, and because mesothelioma is a rarely diagnosed cancer, it is imperative that you find an experienced physician who understands the disease.
Let our Patient Advocates assist you in finding the right mesothelioma specialist. Fill out the form below and we can guide you in this process: