Unfortunately for mesothelioma patients, remission is generally unlikely to occur. Nevertheless, some doctors have reported a handful of cases of both drug and therapy-induced mesothelioma remission.
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What’s the problem?
Remission is the state of absence of disease activity in patients who have a chronic illness. Remission does not mean that the cancer has been completely cured; rather it typically refers to the response of cancer to treatment that is being administered. There are two different types of remission. Complete remission refers to the complete disappearance of the cancer after treatment. Partial remission signals shrinkage of the tumor or disease, without completely disappearing.
Many long-term survivors of mesothelioma indicate they drastically changed their diet and added daily supplements to enhance their immune system. Many of these same survivors promote the efficacy of alternative treatments as part of their regimen and several have shunned conventional treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery.
Additionally, there has been a case reported of spontaneous remission of mesothelioma in Australia. The 61-year old woman, a patient of Dr. Roger K. Allen of the Wesley Medical Centre, went into a rapid remission. The physician suggests that what caused the remission was the patient’s own immune system as well as “cell-mediated immunity.” Further study may lead to immunotherapy as a method of treatment leading to the remission of this type of cancer.
With the advent of new medications, improved treatments, early detection methods and clinical trials, remissions are becoming more common. Additional money is now being spent on mesothelioma research and support groups nationwide are receiving more donations.
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