Mesothelioma treatment differs based on the stage that a patient has progressed to at the time of diagnosis. Provided below are examples of the types of treatment that a pleural mesothelioma patient will undergo at various stages of the disease.
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Stage 1 Mesothelioma Treatment
At this stage, surgical intervention is most commonly recommended for pleural mesothelioma patients. Likely procedures to be performed include pleurectomy/decortication, orextrapleural, or pneumonectomy. After surgery, doctors may further evaluate the patient to determine of chemotherapy or radiation therapy is necessary.
Stages II & III Mesothelioma Treatment
Unfortunately, stages II & III mesothelioma cancer cannot be cured. At this point, medical treatment focuses on alleviating the severity of the symptoms and keeping the patient as comfortable as possible. Clinical trials at some of the larger mesothelioma clinics in the country may offer different treatment options for patients in these stages.
Stage IV Mesothelioma Treatment
At stage IV, the cancer has metastasized throughout the body to other organs and cannot be cured. Symptoms generally increase in severity and pain management becomes the primary focus of the medical team. Many families find that it is helpful to seek out additional support through a local Hospice program, which will focus on providing care, developing a pain management protocol, and providing support for both the patient and family members during this difficult time.
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