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Trimodal Therapy: Part of the latest treatment options for your asbestos cancer diagnosis

Many of the current procedures involved in treatment of the deadly asbestos cancer mesothelioma involve major lung removal surgery and/or chemotherapy. Unfortunately, a large number of these approaches can be unsatisfactory. They have not been shown to significantly improve the chances of a patient’s survival, and can sometimes even lead to further deterioration in pulmonary functions and overall quality of life. Despite some of these results, there have also been many encouraging developments and advancements in recent years. One such option that you may want to consider is trimodal therapy, part of the latest treatments procedures currently being tested in clinical trials for patients such as yourself who have received a diagnosis of mesothelioma.

Trimodal therapy involves a three a step process comprised of surgery, pleural chemotherapy, and pleural radiation. A clinical trial of this procedure is now underway at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Doctors there are investigating whether the procedure can improve the overall chances of one year survival in mesothelioma patients. The doctors conducting the trial note that the potential significance of this treatment is that “such treatment may render it less necessary to surgically remove the affected lungs in whole or in part, in order to achieve significant disease cytoreduction. We hope to alter the currently accepted paradigm that major lung surgery is an inescapable component of such treatment, and advance the concept that a combination of judicious preparative surgery, systemic chemotherapy, and locoregional drug treatment of the pleural surfaces may offer the best hope for prolongation of survival with intact lung function.”

This type of therapy is extremely expensive, and not always covered by insurance. Many mesothelioma patients could not afford this type of treatment (when approved) without compensation secured by law firms such as Weitz & Luxenberg.

 

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