A number of therapies and options are used to treat the disease known as mesothelioma. The goals of these treatment options are to kill the cancerous cells, prevent the tumor(s) from spreading and alleviate the symptoms of the disease. Given the unique circumstances of each patient, many factors will determine the best method of treatment, including medical history, as well as the stage and form of the cancer.
In some cases, it may be appropriate to develop a course of treatment to remove the tumor(s) and to attempt to stop the metastasis throughout the body. In other cases, primarily when dealing with late-stage cancer, treatment options are more likely to involve alleviating symptoms and improving the patient's quality of life.
The following treatment options may or may not be effective, depending on the patient's case:
In addition to widely known treatments, there is substantial ongoing research into new and more effective treatment options.
New therapies may include immunotherapy, which manipulates the immune system into attacking the tumors; photodynamic therapy, which exposes cancer cells to photosensitizing drugs; and gene therapy, which attempts to correct defective genes that may lead to cancer.
It is important for patients and their doctors to stay up to date on these options, many of which come out of clinical trials that evaluate experimental treatments.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure, contact an experienced Bay Area lawyer at Kaiser Gornick LLP to learn more about treatment options.