Chemotherapy for Mesothelioma

One of the few options available for doctors to treat mesothelioma is with drugs in the form of chemotherapy.

1. What is chemotherapy for mesothelioma?
Chemotherapy involves one or more anti-cancer drugs taken either in pill form, intravenously, or, in the case of pleural mesothelioma, injected directly into the lungs. These drugs disrupt the growth of cancerous cells, but they also damage normal healthy cells as well. Fortunately, the damage is often repaired quickly, but unfortunately not without significant discomfort.

2. What are the side effects of mesothelioma chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is widely known to cause severe side effects in virtually every patient, with common signs such as:

  • Hair loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Anemia
  • Hemorrhaging

Chemotherapy also causes many complicated side effects within the cancerous growth. It is not uncommon in mesothelioma cases to have secondary neoplasms, which are cancerous offshoots of the original tumor that have redirected their growth due to the introduction of anti-cancer drugs.

3. What are the other risks of chemotherapy?

Furthermore, chemotherapy often increases the chances of toxic reactions by the blood, liver, and kidneys, contributing to the potential fatal nature of chemotherapy treatment. Because chemotherapy suppresses the immune system by decreasing antibodies in the bloodstream, any sort of illness or infection can pose significant risks to patients undergoing drug therapy. Other complications are mouth sores which, in combination with the overwhelming nausea and intestinal discomfort caused by chemotherapy, results in many patients failing to eat a healthy diet.

4. Does chemotherapy work well on mesothelioma?
Studies have shown that chemotherapy is not particularly effective in treating mesothelioma because the cancer eludes detection for so long that the side effects of chemo outweigh the pain inflicted by the disease. Early diagnosis is critical for adequate treatment of mesothelioma, but no regimen of drugs and therapy will cure it. Fortunately, scientific advances in drug therapy provide fresh hope for mesothelioma victims throughout the country and around the world.

5. What can you do if you have mesothelioma and chemotherapy has not worked?

If you suffer from mesothelioma and chemotherapy has failed you, then you should consult with an attorney experienced in handling asbestos-related litigation. You have a right to pursue legal action to seek justice from those who wronged you. Don’t delay, for the laws in your state limit the amount of time you have to collect damages, and these statutes of limitations can end your case before it can begin. Contact a lawyer today.

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Facts on Mesothelioma Treatment Options Chemotherapy updated 2/22/2012