There are many different types of therapy available for people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. However, the most frequently used treatments are a combination of radiation, surgery and chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy For Mesothelioma

Although chemotherapy is commonly used to treat mesothelioma, success rates vary greatly on the health of the patient and their ability to tolerate chemotherapy treatment. Chemotherapy medications work by targeting rapidly dividing cancer cells, but in the process, healthy cells are destroyed as well. There are many side effects to chemo, including hair loss, appetite loss, vomiting and nausea and a decreased immune system.

A patient should always discuss options for chemotherapy with his or her cancer doctor. Which type of chemo is best depends on what type of mesothelioma the patient has, how far advanced it is and other treatments that are being used.

What Type Of Chemotherapy Is Available?

Chemotherapy for mesothelioma can be administered two different ways, either orally or intravenously. The most common drugs used include:

  • Alimta
  • Carboplatin
  • Cisplatin
  • Gemcitabine
  • Onocase
  • Navelbine

Deciding which medication to use – as well as exploring newer chemotherapies such as heated chemo – should be thoroughly discussed between the patient and the doctor.

Can Mesothelioma Be Cured By Chemotherapy?

There is no cure for mesothelioma and eventually the disease is fatal. However, since chemotherapy works to control the growth of cancer, it may relieve symptoms for quite some time. This can improve the patient’s quality of life and when used in conjunction with other treatment methods, the patient’s life span can be increased as well.

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