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Asbestos cancer treatment

Asbestos cancer treatments vary based on the extent of the disease as well as its location in the lungs.

Mesothelioma treatment options are based upon the stage of mesothelioma that the patient is currently experiencing.

Mesothelioma (Stage I)

In Stage 1 Mesothelioma, if the mesothelioma is found in the lining of the lungs itself, this section can potentially be removed. However, if this mesothelioma has spread to other parts of the chest, National Cancer Institute offers the following options:

  • Surgery to remove the pleura (thin lining of the chest cavity)
  • Removal of the surface area of the affected organ (decortication)
  • Radiation therapy or palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life.
  • Surgery to remove a diseased lung, membrane covering the heart, part of the diaphragm, and part of the membrane lining the chest. (Extrapleural pneumonectomy).

 

Advanced Malignant Mesothelioma (Stage II, Stage III, and Stage IV)

Treatment of advanced malignant mesothelioma may include the following:

  • Surgery to drain fluid that has collected in the chest, to reduce discomfort. Surgery to remove the pleura (thin lining of the chest cavity)
  • Removal of the surface area of the affected organ (decortication)
  • Radiation therapy as palliative therapy to relieve pain.
  • Chemotherapy with one anticancer drug.

There are also certain clinical trials available. The National Cancer Institute’s web site offers detailed information about clinical trials here: http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials

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