Malignant Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that requires highly specialized management. Like most cancers, three treatment options coexist – surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. This article outlines everything a person needs to know concerning mesothelioma treatment.
Choice of treatment
The choice of treatment depends on the:
- Age of the patient
- Stage of the disease
- Type of symptoms observed
- General condition of the patient
- Patient’s family and medical background
- Choices of the patient
Surgery is used only at a very early stage of the disease, and this is rare. Two surgical approaches are possible: a pleurectomy-decortication and an extra-pleural pleuro-pneumonectomy. In both cases, the goal is to eliminate as much of the tumor as possible.
A pleurectomy-decortication is the least radical of the two interventions. It only involves the removal of the pleura without removing the lung. The advantage of this procedure is that it offers a generally faster …