For most mesothelioma patients, finding a plan of action after diagnosis is a top priority. Speaking with a medical professional about the nature of your condition and what treatment options are best for you is absolutely necessary. No two treatments are exactly alike, and they can affect your health in different ways.
Let’s take a look at some of the treatments that are available to patients:
Chemotherapy & Surgery: Chemotherapy is usually used in conjunction with surgery. Chemotherapy can take place before or after surgery. If given before, the goal will be to shrink the cancer and lower the risk of it spreading to other areas of the body.
Chemotherapy can also be given after surgery. The goal will be to kill any cancer cells left behind.
If surgery is not an option, chemotherapy alone may shrink the cancer and slow its growth.
Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to protect itself against mesothelioma. It can repair, stimulate, or enhance natural anti-cancer functions.
Alternative Therapy: There is a wide range of alternative therapies available to patients, including acupuncture, herbal supplements, and dietary changes. Consulting with a medical professional about alternative options is also a good idea.
While there are multiple treatment options available, mesothelioma is an incurable disease. The treatments mentioned above can help to decrease pain and other symptoms, and help patients live a longer, healthier life, but will not cure the cancer completely.
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