Sunday, December 6, 2009

Treatment for mesothelioma


1. Surgery in which case the cancerous portion is removed from the body. 2. Radiation therapy (using x-rays or other high-energy rays to kill cancer cells). 3. Chemotherapy (using drugs to fight the cancer).

There's treatments for all patients with malignant Mesothelioma. However, the treatment option that is selected for a particular patient is contingent on a quantity of factors such as the location of the cancer, the stage of the , patient's age and general health, the extent of the destroy, etc. treatment is generally of one kinds,

Surgery Surgery is the physical way of treating Mesothelioma in which the cancerous cells are physically removed. Surgery is a common way to treat malignant Mesothelioma. The doctor may remove part of the lining of the chest or abdomen as well as a quantity of the tissue around it. Sometimes, if the cancer has spread widely, a lung can be removed in a surgical procedure called a pneumonectomy. Along with the lung, part of the diaphragm, is also sometimes removed, diaphragm is the muscle below the lungs that helps with breathing. This will temporarily solve the problem of difficulty in breathing.

Radiation Therapy In radiation therapy high-energy x-rays are used to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. There is one kinds of radiation therapy, external radiation therapy and internal radiation therapy. When the radiation comes from a machine outside the body it is called external radiation therapy. When materials that produce radiation, are put inside the body through narrow plastic tubes in the area where the cancer cells are found, it is called internal radiation therapy.

Chemotherapy Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be taken by pill, or it may be put in to the body by a needle in the vein or muscle. Chemotherapy is called a systemic treatment because the drug enters the bloodstream, travels through the body, and can kill cancer cells throughout the body. In Mesothelioma, chemotherapy may be put directly in to the chest (intrapleural chemotherapy).

To relieve symptoms and control pain, the doctor may use a needle or a narrow tube to drain liquid that has built up in the chest or abdomen. The procedure for removing liquid from the chest is called thoracocentesis. Removal of liquid from the abdomen is called paracentesis. Drugs may be given through a tube in the chest to prevent more liquid from accumulating. Radiation therapy and surgery may also be helpful in relieving symptoms.

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