Unfortunately, there is no cure for pleural mesothelioma at this time. Researchers and organizations like the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation are diligently working toward the discovery of a cure.
There are pleural mesothelioma treatment options, however, that can greatly improve a person’s quality and length of life without fully curing the mesothelioma. Learn more about these treatment methods or how you can help find a cure for pleural mesothelioma now.
Pleural Mesothelioma Treatments
Forming in the pleura, the protective lining surrounding the lungs, pleura mesothelioma is often not diagnosed until it has progressed. The treatment options for pleural mesothelioma include:
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- Pleural Mesothelioma Surgery - Forming in the pleura, which is the protective lining surrounding the lungs, pleura mesothelioma is shielded by the rib cage, meaning that reaching it through surgery can require invasively cutting through bone. Two of the more common ways of treating pleural mesothelioma through surgery include ‘extra pleural pneumonectomy’ and ‘pleurectomy.’ This surgery is not a cure for pleural mesothelioma surgery.
- Pleural Mesothelioma Chemotherapy Treatment - Chemotherapy used in the treatment of pleural mesothelioma is not curative. That is not to say that chemotherapy is not without benefit to the mesothelioma patient. Studies suggest that chemotherapy treatments can result in the reduction of tumors and extend life. Chemotherapy has also been shown to palliate symptoms, including reducing shortness of breath, reduction of ascites or effusions, reduction of pain and improvement has been noted in quality of life studies.
- Pleural Radiation Treatments - Radiation in the treatment of pleural mesothelioma has proved to be useful as an adjuvant to EPP, with extended survivals reported in large tertiary centers. Take note that the types of radiation that should be used are currently under investigation. Some centers are testing IMRT (intensity-modulated radiation therapy), photodynamic therapy, and adjuvant hem thoracic radiotherapy.