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Mesothelioma Treatment Options
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Unfortunately, there is no reliable cure for mesothelioma, however, there are treatments that can significantly extend the initial prognosis. Three of the most common treatments for mesothelioma are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The type of mesothelioma, as well as how far it has progressed, will help the doctor determine which treatments are appropriate.
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Patients whose cancer is contained may be eligible for surgery. While this can potentially cure mesothelioma, many patients may not be healthy enough to withstand an aggressive surgery. In this case, surgeries may be performed simply to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life for the patient. In addition to surgery, a patient may receive chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Chemotherapy drugs are used to treat cancer. Those with mesothelioma are commonly treated with a combination of cisplatin and pemetrexed. The patient’s health care professionals will need to determine a course of action that is best suited to the patient’s needs. A relatively successful treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma is called heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). Immediately after surgery, this therapy is conducted in order to kill microscopic cancer cells. One study with over 400 peritoneal patients found that the average patient who underwent HIPEC treatment extended their prognosis for a minimum of four years.
Radiation therapy helps reduce the pain of mesothelioma by shrinking tumors and managing tumor growth. It is a noninvasive process that targets the cancer with high-energy rays. While it can be effective, radiation can also be a dangerous treatment-in fact, it may be toxic to organs and damaging to DNA. Therefore, radiation is only sparingly used with specific types of mesothelioma.
Generally, mesothelioma therapists suggest a multimodal approach to treatment, which utilizes multiple types of treatment and has proven to be more effective than simply using one of the three aforementioned methods. To effectively use a multimodal approach, primary treatment is used in conjunction with a helper treatment, as is the case with surgery and chemotherapy.
Another example of this approach might use all three of these treatments:
- Radiation to shrink the tumor
- Surgery to remove it
- Chemotherapy to kill the remaining cells
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Depending on your situation, doctors may prescribe a combination of treatments that specifically address your individual case of mesothelioma. At The Ferraro Law Firm, our skilled Florida attorneys provide the individualized attention and care that your case deserves. We have years of experience and numerous resources that enable us to capably represent you throughout all phases of litigation.
Due to the number of claimants served and the sum of the verdicts we have obtained, our firm is considered one of the top five law firms in the nation dealing with mesothelioma and asbestos. You can trust us to proficiently handle your case.
Frequently Asked Questions: Mesothelioma & Asbestos
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a carcinogenic, naturally occurring fibrous mineral. Known for its heat resistance and durability, asbestos has historically been used in insulation, construction materials, automotive parts, and shipbuilding materials.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is made up of small shard-like fibers that can easily become airborne when disturbed. If inhaled or ingested, these fibers can embed within the lining of the lungs, heart, stomach, or testes where they can cause cancer to form years or decades later.
What are asbestos-related diseases?
Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
What causes mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until decades after exposure.
What are the different types of mesothelioma?
Three of the most common types of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma.
What are common mesothelioma symptoms?
Common symptoms of mesothelioma include difficulty breathing and chest pains. Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the stomach, may cause abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal pain, and nausea.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a preventable form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the U.S. military or while working in construction, mechanics, or a similar field, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact The Ferraro Law Firm for a free legal consultation.
What is the life expectancy for someone with mesothelioma?
There is no cure for mesothelioma. However, patients can receive treatments for mesothelioma that may extend their initial prognosis with proper treatment. Those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma usually have a life expectancy that is greater than three years, though a large part of this depends on the stage the patient is diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the longer the life expectancy and chance of long-term survival.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should immediately seek long-term medical treatment. After that, you should contact our firm to examine your legal rights. Since 1985, The Ferraro Law Firm has represented individuals with asbestos-related diseases and pursued fair compensation on their behalf. Our firm is one of the top five law firms in the U.S. handling mesothelioma and asbestos cases.
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