Before we discuss about mesothelioma treatments, it is important to have an understanding of what is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the lung tissue and abdominal area caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. We need 30-40 years for this cancer to appear after exposure to asbestos. It is important to treat this cancer in early stages otherwise it proves fatal. Mesothelioma treatments are surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
There are two types of operations for treatment of mesothelioma, aggressive surgery and palliative surgery. Before performing an operation, it is necessary to examine the heart and lungs working properly. Of the two types, aggressive surgery, also known as pneumonectomy, complicated surgery performed on younger patients who are good health and can withstand surgery. Pneumonectomy involves removal of extra pleural membrane. The main objective of this treatment of mesothelioma is to physically remove a tumor as possible.
Procedures for the palliative treatment of malignant mesothelioma is known as Pleurectomy. It is done in the early stages of cancer. This process of mesothelioma is the surgical removal of the pleura. However, related procedures to reduce and control symptoms rather than cure the disease. This surgery reduces the pain caused by the tumor mass and helps prevent the recurrence of pleural effusion. Complete removal of tumor is not possible with this procedure.
Chemotherapy is a method for treatment of mesothelioma makes the combined use of certain drugs to shrink the tumor. Although some patients show only partial success of this method has certain combinations of chemotherapy drugs have been successful. Researchers have developed new chemotherapy drugs for mesothelioma treatment.
Radiotherapy is a treatment of mesothelioma, which uses nuclear radiation to destroy cancer cells and reduces tumor. However, radiotherapy is a very difficult process. It can damage healthy cells of the heart, lungs and other vital organs surrounded by radiation dosage. Dual therapy includes chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and combining the cut. This combination allows you to kill remaining cancer cells left after surgery and relieve symptoms such as pain.
Mesothelioma treatments can be very expensive. However, patients suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos based diseases can sue for damages, medical expenses, lost income, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering. Victims of mesothelioma can take the help of an experienced asbestos lawyers put the defendants, the persons or companies responsible for asbestos exposure.