Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment
What should you ask your doctor about malignant mesothelioma? Mesothelioma treatment is based on the extent of the cancer. The stage extent of a mesothelioma is an important factor in determining treatment options. But other factors such as whether the doctor feels the cancer is respectable, all visible cancer can be removed by surgery as well as a person’s general health and preferences also play a role. Mesothelioma can be hard to treat whether the cancer is respectable or not. It’s very important that you understand the goal of treatment before it starts whether it is to try to cure the cancer or to help relieve symptoms as well as the possible benefits and risks. This can help you make an informed decision when looking at your treatment options.
Stage for mesothelioma is as well as many earlier stage mesotheliomas can’t be removed completely by surgery. This can be because of the extent or sub type of the cancer, or because a person may not be healthy enough for an operation.Chemo is the main treatment for these cancers. It may improve symptoms ensuring or slow the growth of the cancer for a time.
Although chemo may help people live longer. It’s very unlikely to cure these cancers.Before starting treatment, the goals of treatment should be clear to you and your family. in people with early-stage mesothelioma that are likely to grow slowly and aren’t causing any symptoms. Watching them closely at first maybe a reasonable option.
Mesothelioma Treatment Options
Treatment can then be started, if there are signs that the cancer is growing quickly, or if it starts to cause symptoms. Because these cancers can be hard to treat, taking part in a clinical trial of a newer form of treatment may be a reasonable option. In many cases treatment aimed at relieving symptoms in making you more comfortable may be a good choice. This could include treatments that prevent or reduce fluid build up in the body. Such as thoracentesis / paracentesis described in the section on palliative procedures. Sometimes pleuralectomy/ decortication can help with breathing in pain in the chest. Pain management is another important aspect of care for these cancers.
Some minor operations in types of radiation therapy can help relieve pain, if needed. Doctors can also prescribe strong pain-relieving drugs. Some people with cancer are worried about taking opioid drugs, such as morphine, for fear of being sleepy all the time, or becoming addicted to them. But many people get very effective pain relief from these medicines without serious side effects. It’s very important to let your cancer care team know if you are having pain so that it can be treated effectively.
Cancer is called recurrent when it come backs after treatment. Recurrence can be local, in or near the same place it started. Or distant, spread to other organs such as the brain or liver. Mesothelioma is often coming back after the initial treatment. If this happens, further treatment options depend on where the cancer is. Also, what treatments have already been used in a person’s general health. In most cases the options will be similar to those listed above for unresectable mesotheliomas. For example, chemo or radiation therapy may be used to try to shrink or slow the growth of the cancer in to relieve any symptoms. Because recurrent cancers can often be hard to treat, clinical trials of new types of treatment may be a good option. For more information on dealing with are currence, see when your cancer comes back.
Remember,whatever treatment for the Mesothelioma you receive, there’s always hope.
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