Malignant Mesothelioma: Treatment

If you have mesothelioma, your cancer care team will recommend one or more treatment options for you to consider. This is an important decision and you should take time to think about all of your choices.

In addition to the stage of the cancer, your health and your personal preferences are factors in deciding on a treatment plan. Because mesothelioma is such a rare cancer, it has been difficult for doctors to compare the value of different treatments. Only a few large clinical trials have been reported to date. In addition, most doctors have little or no experience treating this disease. They usually refer patients with this cancer to specialists who treat a large number of mesothelioma patients in large medical centers.

Another problem with treating mesothelioma is that it does not grow as a single tumor mass. It tends to spread along nearby surfaces, nerves, and blood vessels. Because of this it is almost impossible, except in rare situations, to completely get rid of it with surgery, radiation or both.

Because treatment has resulted in modest benefit, you may question the treatment options suggested. It is often a good idea to seek a second opinion. A second opinion can provide more information and help you feel more confident about the treatment plan that you choose. Also, some insurance companies require a second opinion before they will agree to pay for certain treatments




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