Unfortunately, science has not yet found a cure for mesothelioma. However, there are some treatments that are available for mesothelioma patients at all stages of the disease. Understanding what treatment options are available, including unconventional treatments, can help you determine what your best plan of action should be after your diagnosis. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to understand your legal rights as well.
Four Types of Medical Treatments
There are four types of malignant mesothelioma treatments used for patients under typical circumstances. They are surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy.
If mesothelioma is diagnosed before it has spread to other areas, oftentimes surgery can remove the largest parts of the lungs or lining of the abdomen or chest area. Surgery can also be used to remove an entire lung if necessary, the diaphragm, or the lining around the heart. After a doctor removes the cancer that is visible, some patients are given additional treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation.
Radiation therapy is when high-energy x-rays or other types of radiation are used to either kill cancer cells in the body or keep them from growing any further. External radiation uses a machine to send radiation inside the body from a machine outside of the body. Internal radiation can be injected into the body near the cancer.
Chemotherapy is a type of drug that is injected into the body to either kill the cancer cells or prevent them from dividing and spreading. This type of therapy can be beneficial to reduce or eliminate mesothelioma cells from the body. The benefit of chemotherapy will depend largely on the type and stage of a person’s mesothelioma.
Targeted therapy is the use of other drugs to attempt to kill or reduce mesothelioma in the body. Oftentimes, these treatments can cause less harm than chemotherapy or radiation. Some of the more frequently used targeted therapies include monoclonal antibody therapy (infusion of antibodies), bevacizumab (an antibody that binds to a protein that may prevent new blood vessel growth where cancer cells grow), and kinase inhibitors (drugs that block signals that cancer cells need to grow.)
No matter what treatments your doctor recommends, you have legal rights as well. Our attorneys are available to visit with you regarding your mesothelioma case at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444.
Other Treatments and Options Available
The four treatments listed above are not your only options to increase your life expectancy with mesothelioma. Some of the other treatment options that are available include the following alternative approaches:
Biologic Therapy or Immunotherapy
This therapy uses a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer. This type of therapy has shown excellent promise in many types of cancer. These types of therapies are often found in clinical trials, which determine if new treatments are considered safe, or better, than the standard protocol currently used for patients.
Healthy Eating and Lifestyle
While eating healthy is not a cure for mesothelioma, it has been proven that diet and nutrition make a difference in cancer treatments. Eating fruits and vegetables, and removing processed foods and sugar, can not only make a difference in how you feel but also how your body fights your cancer.
You owe it to yourself to look into alternative treatments along with your doctor’s medical advice. While alternative treatments are not for everyone, at least considering these other options may increase your life expectancy.
Support groups are not a cure for mesothelioma; however, these groups can help you build your emotional strength, which can go a long way in your fight against mesothelioma.
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Contact a Mesothelioma Attorney
No matter what medical or therapeutic courses of action you take after you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have legal rights. Many companies were aware that their products contained the carcinogen asbestos, and continued to put these products in the stream of commerce. Contacting a mesothelioma attorney can help you understand your rights, and help you with your next steps. Our attorneys are available to visit with you at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444.