If you have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you might be wondering what your treatment options are. It is estimated that patients have twelve to eighteen months to live after diagnosis, but that is not the case for everyone. There are several treatments available for mesothelioma patients, with new ones emerging each day.
For pleural mesothelioma patients, the most common surgery for early stages is a pleurectomy/decortication. During this procedure, the patient's pleura is removed - the initial site of asbestos exposure. It is advised that surgery be followed up with chemotherapy and/or radiation to eradicate all irregular growth.
Targeted chemotherapy aims to attack cells that are dividing quickly. This treats the diagnosed mesothelioma, as well as results in mess of side effects within the body. Combinations of drugs are being experimented with to lower side effects among patients.
Radiotherapy is often used together with surgery or chemotherapy. Radiotherapy works by damaging the DNA inside of tumor cells, destroying their ability to reproduce. New methods are being tested in efforts to avoid normal tissue as well as result in less-severe side effects.
If you find a treatment that feels right for you, you might be wondering how you will afford such an expensive, cutting-edge therapy. A visit to the doctor's office for a simple flu felt like an expensive chore before, but your medical regimen is about to change dramatically.
Contacting an experienced mesothelioma attorney could help you recover the costs of emerging treatments, expensive prescriptions, and time away from work. You never knew you would be diagnosed with such an ugly disease, but someone out there is responsible.