ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FOR MESOTHELIOMA
Research and Treatment Options in Mesothelioma Clinical Trials
While common treatment options for mesothelioma, such as surgery and chemotherapy, are still widely used and have shown to be effective, alternative treatments continue to be explored in mesothelioma clinical trials. Since mesothelioma does not have a cure, there is a great motivation among scientists and physicians to discover unconventional forms of therapy.
Learning about these alternative mesothelioma treatments is important, and you should discuss all of your treatment options with a physician.
Examples of Alternative Treatment Options
There is no exhaustive list of alternative treatment options, as new treatments are always emerging, but three main forms of alternative treatment include:
- Immunotherapy, which involves manipulation of a person’s immune system in fighting the disease by trying to trick the system into believing cancer cells are foreign. Immunotherapy may either rely on the immune system by itself (active) or introduce externally created components into the system.
- Photodynamic therapy, which uses light energy to destroy cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells unaffected. This therapy option uses photosensitizers that cause cells to become sensitize to light. Upon receiving photosensitizers, the treated cells are exposed to light.
- Gene therapy, which aims to replace defective copies of a gene with a copy that functions properly. In the case of mesothelioma, the goal is to make cancer cells susceptible to chemotherapy drugs.
Learn More About Alternative Mesothelioma 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 alternative treatment options. Schedule an initial consultation and speak with an attorney at our offices in San Francisco Bay Area, California.
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