Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma is a rare and launched cancer. Treatment is done to control or reduce the symptoms experienced and extend the patient's chances of survival. Treatment measures are generally determined based on several factors, namely:


  • Age and overall health condition of the patient.
  • Mesothelioma types and locations.
  • Stage or spread of cancer cells in the body.
  • Mesothelioma Sizes

Based on consideration above, there are several treatment steps that doctor can recommend:


  • Chemotherapy, treatment therapy with anticancer drugs to destroy or inhibit the growth of cancer cells that can not be eliminated by surgery. Chemotherapy can be done before or after surgery to shrink the tumor, making it easier to eliminate and reduce the risk of back cancer.
  • Radiation therapy (radiotherapy), X-ray therapy and proton rays are focused on certain areas of the body. Radiotherapy is usually done after a patient has undergone surgical procedures, to eliminate the remaining cancer cells. Treatment therapy is also done to reduce the symptoms of advanced cancer if surgery is not possible.
  • Operating. Surgery is done while mesothelioma is still in its early stages. There are several options doctor actions can take during the operation. Among others are:


  1. Removal of cancer cells as much as possible from the patient's body. This action can support the treatment of patients with radiotherapy to relieve pain and prevent cancer from growing.
  2. Inhale liquids due to fluid buildup in the chest area that can interfere with breathing. It is done by inserting a catheter tube into the chest to inhale the liquid. The doctor may also inject the drug to seal the pleural cavity so that the fluid is no longer accumulating. This action is known as Pleurodesis
  3. Removal of tissues around the abdominal cavity, ribs, or lungs affected by cancer of the cell.
  4. Removal of the affected part of the lung organs and surrounding tissues. This procedure is usually followed by radiotherapy.


  • Therapeutic multimodalities. This therapy is a combination of three or more steps of treatment, such as surgery, post-operative chemotherapy and radiation therapy to improve the success rate of treatment.
  • Research stage. The doctor will inform the patient about the treatment method which is still in research phase. However, the possibility to recover the patient is not known with certainty, so it needs to be considered carefully. On the other hand, this method of treatment can increase the likelihood for a doctor to learn more about the treatment of mesothelioma. There are several methods of treatment that are still in the stage of research that can be done by patients, namely:


  1. Biological therapy – Using one's immune system to combat cancer, also known as immunotherapy.
  2. Gene therapy – gene changes are found in cancer cells to stop the disease.
  3. Targeted therapy-using the drug to attack disorders/disorders occurring in cancer cells.


  • Supportive care. This treatment can help patients control the signs and symptoms of Mesothelioma, such as:


  1. Breathing exercises, to control breathing when the patient experiences symptoms of breathing difficulties.
  2. Body relaxation exercises, to reduce the tension of the breathing muscles, so that sufferers can breathe easier.

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