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    Drug or Chemo Therapy: Mesothelioma, or any cancer, is a life-altering diagnosis. With only 3,300 diagnosed cases a year, it’s unlikely that you know someone who has gone through treatment for this form of cancer before. Luckily, there are dozens of sources to learn more about what treatments are available and how they work. Familiarize yourself with your treatment options before heading to your next doctor’s appointment so that you can have a thoughtful conversation and figure out what is best for you or your loved one.

    There are many treatment options that can significantly prolong life expectancy and improve quality of life. Your treatment options will depend on a number of factors, including the site of mesothelioma you’ve been diagnosed with (usually in the pleura, peritoneum, or pericardium), the cell type present in the tumors (epithelioid, sarcomatoid, or biphasic), and the stage (1–4). Your demographics (sex, age) and your overall health will also impact your options and prognosis.

    Patients diagnosed at stages 1 or 2 are sometimes candidates for curative treatment options that aim to remove as much of the cancer as possible. Because curative treatments can be aggressive — often involving a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation — they are usually only recommended for patients who are otherwise in good health. For later-stage patients and those who are not in good health, doctors generally focus on palliative care to relieve pain and discomfort and mitigate symptoms (such as breathing difficulties).

    For more: www.mesotheliomahub.com/treatment/

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