If you are a construction worker, firefighter, or industrial power plant worker, you are probably already aware of the dangers of asbestos and mesothelioma. It is terrifying to start experiencing mesothelioma symptoms, and even more scary when you get an actual diagnosis. However, there is so much hope. Survival rates are on the rise as doctors and scientists uncover new and better treatment options. Here are a few of the most common treatment options for those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Surgery is considered one of the best singular treatment options. There are a few different types of surgery; some patients will have the tumors removed, while others will focus on alleviating symptoms and pain. Neither is risk-free, but both can improve your survival rate. It is important to speak with your doctors about which kind of surgery (if any) will be best for your health and individual situation.
Chemotherapy is frequently used to reduce the size of tumors and prevent future tumor growth and is especially useful for patients who are unable to undergo surgery. This treatment is widely known for its challenging side effects, such as nausea, fatigue, and hair loss, but is still a powerful option. Generally, the benefits far outweigh the challenges.
Radiation is a treatment that kills cancer cells and is often used in tandem with chemotherapy and surgery. Its side effects are similar to chemotherapy, but usually are more targeted, and less widespread throughout the body. Radiation helps reduce the risk of recurrence, as well as alleviating pain and pressure in the chest and lungs.
Multimodal therapy is the combination of any of the previously mentioned treatments (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation). This is regarded as the most effective way to fight mesothelioma, as it fights cancer from various directions. The ability to receive this level of treatment depends on the patient’s overall health, and the stage the cancer is in. It is highly aggressive and might be too intense for less healthy patients. However, for those who are able, this is a highly recommended treatment plan.
Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating and brings a lot of uncertainty and hopelessness about the future. It’s imperative to find a team of doctors who supports you and is dedicated to getting you on the best treatment plan for your needs. Together you can begin your journey towards a healthier future.