What is Mesothelioma?
A term used to describe a cancerous tumor which involves the malignant cancerous cells of an organ, usually the lungs or abdominal organs. The most common type of mesothelioma is the pleural mesothelioma. The pleura is a thin membrane found between the lungs and the chest cavity. It provides a lubricated surface so that the lungs do not chafe against the chest walls. Thus, a pleural mesothelioma is often referred to as a "lung" cancer.
The most common type of mesothelioma is the pleural mesothelioma. The pleura is a thin membrane found between the lungs and the chest cavity. It provides a lubricated surface so that the lungs do not chafe against the chest walls. Thus, a pleural mesothelioma is often referred to as a "lung" cancer.
Mesothelioma Treatment Options
Mesothelioma is a very serious disease and patients and their families should have the support and resources they need to better deal with their diagnosis.
Course of treatment:
Traditional Treatments, Surgery - a mesothelioma treatment used either to remove the tumor or to alleviate pain. If the cancer is relatively contained, surgery can be used to remove part of the lining of the chest or abdomen. Experimental Treatments, Gene therapy - an experimental medical intervention that involves altering the patient's genetic material of living cells to fight or prevent disease.
What Are The Clinical Signs Of Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma symptoms can be very general and therefore they are often ignored. In most cases, symptoms for this type of cancer arise 2 to 3 months before the cancer is found.
Most common types:
• Pleural mesothelioma (linning of the chest cavity)
• Peritoneal mesothelioma (lining of the abdominal cavity)
The three most common types of cancer treatment are surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Treatment is aimed at removing the cancer cells or destroying them in the body with medicines or other agents.
Surgery can be very successful in treating some kinds of cancer, but it isn't an option for all people. If the cancer is in the form of a malignant tumor and the tumor is in one place (localized), it may be possible to safely "cut out" the tumor and any surrounding affected tissue. Surgery may not be possible if the cancer has spread to other areas of the body or if the tumor cannot be removed without damaging vital organs, such as the liver or brain.
Radiotherapy uses radiation - in the form of a special kind of x-ray, gamma rays or electrons - to damage cancer cells so that they can't multiply. There is usually no pain during therapy. Radiotherapy may sometimes be the only treatment needed, or it may be used with other therapies, such as surgery. A combination of surgery and radiotherapy may be used for tumors that grow in one place.
Chemotherapy is usually used when the cancer has spread to other areas in the body. Chemotherapy can also be used in combination with surgery and radiation. Sometimes the tumor is surgically removed and then chemotherapy is used to make sure all the cancer cells are killed.