Unfortunately, mesothelioma is incurable. Because it is often diagnosed in its later stages, treatment and therapy are difficult at best. But there are options, such as experimental therapies and clinical trials, which allow you to have a choice in your treatment.
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Conventional Mesothelioma Treatments
Conventional treatments for mesothelioma typically consists of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Surgery can include any number of surgical procedures. Chemotherapy includes various drugs that are considered toxic because they work by killing both healthy and cancerous cells. Radiation therapy can be delivered internally by placing radioactive substances such as cesium, iridium, and iodine near or into cancerous cells within the body or administering radionuclides directly into the bloodstream.
Experimental Mesothelioma Treatments
In addition to conventional treatments for mesothelioma, there are clinical trials available to affected individuals not yet available to the general public. Experimental therapies include:
- Photodynamic therapy – special photosynthesizing drugs are administered into the patient’s body which make the body sensitive to certain light wavelengths. The drugs react with light to produce a type of oxygen that is toxic to cancer cells.
- Anti-angiogenesis therapy – employs the process your body uses to build new blood vessels. When tumors grow, they must use angiogenesis to create blood vessels so they get enough blood to survive and grow. Anti-angiogenesis therapy uses drugs to interfere with the angiogenesis process of tumors to decrease their blood flow and limit growth.
- Gene therapy – originally developed to help people with genetic disorders, modern clinical trials have begun using several types of gene therapy to treat mesothelioma. These therapies typically use a genetically altered virus to change the way cells normally behave to either make cancer cells susceptible to non-toxic drugs or to bolster the body’s immune system to fight cancer.
- Immunotherapy – involves training the patient’s immune system to recognize cancer cells and attack them. Currently there are three main types of immunotherapy: active, passive, and non-specific.
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