No visible treatment for Mesothelioma cure say, experts
There is no authentication treatment to cure mesothelioma according to expert doctor David Ride, MD ( Associate Professor, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center ). According to Dr. Ride, there are very few mesothelioma cases (around 3000) in the USA and thus sampling and research are difficult to find out treatment mechanism. He also says that there are very few mesothelioma doctors and finding out the right doctor is of prime importance before going into treatment procedure.
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Traditional Methods to Cure Mesothelioma
The following are a few traditional methods to increase the lifespan of the patients.
- Radiation therapy
Clinical trials reveal some experimental treatments which are producing encouraging results.
- Photodynamic therapy
- Gene therapy
- Immune therapy
Most of these treatments are not used in isolation. In many cases, treatment are therapies. For example, doctors decide surgery to remove cancerous cells along with radiotherapy or chemotherapy to remove residual cancer cells. This is one of the most common treatment options for mesothelioma
Types of cure or treatment for Mesothelioma
Surgical treatments for mesothelioma include diagnostic surgery, curative surgery, and palliative surgery.
Chemotherapy involves the intravenous administration of drugs such as Alimta and Cisplatin. Chemotherapeutic drugs will kill cancer cells that are rapidly dividing by interfering with processes that occur during cell division.
Radiation therapy, or “ionizing radiation”, is to kill cancer cells and to limit the spread of cancer. For patients with mesothelioma, radiation therapy along with surgery.
- Photodynamic Therapy
Photodynamic therapy is a highly specialized and specific form of treatment that is most often used to treat skin cancers, some types of lung cancer, and pleural mesothelioma
- Gene Therapy
Gene therapy involves using genetic material to specifically target cancer cells and make them more vulnerable to chemotherapy treatment. More about mesothelioma cause