Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can be one of the most jarring, life affecting experiences that a person can face. Fortunately, thanks to vast medical knowledge and advances in technology, there are treatment options available for mesothelioma.
However, your treatment options are dependent on the stage of your diagnosis, your total health and the extent to which your cancer may have spread. Consulting with your doctor about your mesothelioma treatment options will ensure that you get the care that you need to fight this disease and move on with your life.
Like any disease, the treatment of mesothelioma will be based on your diagnosis and how early your doctor was able to catch the disease.
For early stage mesothelioma where the cancer has not yet begun to fully form into aggressive tumors, your doctor will likely prescribe a multimodal therapy—a treatment approach that combines chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to attack your cancer from all possible angles.
By using this multi-pronged treatment, your doctor will seek to remove and shrink any tumors that you may have and to alleviate the symptoms of the disease.
More Aggressive Options
More advanced cases of malignant mesothelioma will require more aggressive, and often invasive treatment. While these treatment options will take a greater physical toll, they also come with a higher success rate and a more improved chance at remission.
For example, your doctor may recommend surgery options that will remove both your tumors and surrounding protective tissues and organs that are at risk for mesothelioma.
Additionally, you may be prescribed more advanced radiation options that target the specific shape and location of your tumor.
Whatever treatment option your doctor prescribes, it is important you get all of the information available to decide what is the best course of action for you.
Due to a variety of factors, not every case of mesothelioma will respond to traditional treatment options. In these circumstances, your doctor may recommend emerging, or experimental treatment options. While there is no guarantee as to the efficacy of emerging therapies in every case, many mesothelioma patients have seen positive results.
In addition to the previously mentioned multimodal therapy, emerging treatments can also include gene therapy, immunotherapy and cryotherapy, among others. It is possible for your doctor to employ emergent therapy in concert with traditional treatments to increase your chances at recovery.
Finally, for patients whose other treatment options have been unsuccessful, there is the possibility of pursuing alternative therapies.
Although alternative therapies are generally not recommended for the treatment of your cancer itself, they can be extremely useful in addressing your symptoms and maintaining your quality of life while undergoing mesothelioma treatment.
Some of the most common forms of alternative therapy for mesothelioma include chiropractic care, homeopathic treatments and physical exercises like yoga and tai chi.
If you’re having trouble dealing with the effects of your mesothelioma and mesothelioma treatment, you should make sure to consult your doctor about what alternative therapies might be right for you.