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Mesothelioma Treatment Options

After a diagnosis of mesothelioma, many people simply do not know where to turn. Even with insurance, the cost of treating a serious illness can quickly spiral out of control. Treating mesothelioma may be difficult and expensive, but for decades, our asbestos lawyers have helped people from Boston, Malden, and the surrounding areas seek compensation from negligent former employers and other liable parties. Though no cure for mesothelioma exists, many patients have successfully added years to their lives, and improved treatments are continually being sought and tested.

Surgery

Some mesothelioma patients benefit from having malignant tissue removed surgically. This is usually only effective in the early stages of the disease. In most cases, mesothelioma surgery only involves removing the pleural lining, but occasionally it may be appropriate to remove the affected lung itself and other surrounding tissue, such as the lining surrounding the heart. Another option is to surgically drain fluid from around the lungs and apply talcum powder, causing scarring that prevents the lung from collapsing when fluid builds up again. Surgery by itself rarely succeeds in controlling the disease, but it does work well in conjunction with other treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses pharmaceuticals to target and eliminate cancerous cells. The chemotherapy drugs are most commonly administered via intravenous injection, though other methods are sometimes used. Once the drugs enter the bloodstream, they spread throughout the body, interfering with cancer cells' ability to divide and reproduce. Chemotherapy drugs are also potentially toxic to healthy tissue, so your doctor will plan your dosage carefully to minimize side effects and maximize the efficacy of each mesothelioma treatment. At the same time, our asbestos lawyers will work tirelessly to ensure that your family is amply compensated for an unfair and avoidable illness.

Because chemotherapy drugs are potentially toxic to the body, patients should be prepared for side effects. Hair loss, nausea, and infertility are the most common side effects of chemotherapy. Individual drugs have different side effects, which should be discussed with your doctor in detail prior to treatment. It is also important to remember that patients will sometimes feel better after chemotherapy than before, owing to relief of cancer symptoms.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation is generally considered the most effective standalone treatment for mesothelioma, though it is still generally combined with other treatments. In radiation therapy, also known as X-ray therapy, cobalt therapy, or irradiation, the body is administered precisely controlled doses of radiation that kill cancerous cells. Healthy cells may also be affected, but proper dosage can limit healthy tissue damage. Radiation can be delivered either externally, through a machine that irradiates the body, or internally, through injections, capsules, or an implanted treatment device.

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