While mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable cancer, many patients are open to experimenting with the latest treatment options available. While many patients are only given a year to live after diagnosis, some go on to live five or ten years passed that estimation. Cutting-edge treatments can result in a longer, healthier life with mesothelioma.
Here are a few of the newest treatments available for victims:
Angiogenesis and anti-angiogenesis drugs – Chemotherapy’s severe side effects has led to continued research in learning more about the difference between cancer and normal cells. Drugs have been discovered that target the tumor without affecting the body’s normal cells.
Immunotherapy – Research shows that the immune system may be able to recognize the difference between healthy cells and cancer cells, eliminating cells that can become cancerous. This type of biological therapy uses the body’s immune system to protect itself against mesothelioma and repair, stimulate or enhance natural anticancer functions.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) – The premise of this treatment is that single-celled organisms will die with exposure to light at a particular frequency. Photosensitizing drugs accumulated in body tissues are activated to destroy cancerous cells.
While these treatments are still in development, this does not stop mesothelioma patients from experimenting with them. Talk to your doctor if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and are searching for treatment options. Depending on several other factors, you may be eligible.