Mesothelioma Treatment Options

New clinical trials are being introduced to the public on a regular basis and there are a variety of treatments that are being used to treat Mesothelioma.  Certain factors will determine the type of treatment you will receive including the extent of the disease, your age, your medical history, the location, and type of Mesothelioma.

The most common treatments are:


This procedure removes selected tissues from the affected area.  This may involve removing part or all of an organ depending on the size of the affected area. Read more...


Pneumonectomy is a surgical procedure that can be used for Pleural Mesothelioma. This involves the removal of the affected lung. An extra-Pleural pneumonectomy may be needed depending on the spread of the disease and this may involve removing parts of the diaphragm as well as the lung. This surgical procedure is high in risk and its success depends on your health, smoking habits and the extent of the asbestos exposure. Read more...


A Pleurectomy is another type of surgery that may be performed, including partial removal of the chest.  The abdominal lining and surrounding tissue may also be removed. Read more...

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy can be beneficial as it allows the doctor to treat the affected area without exposing the healthy cells and tissue. This is a fast procedure and is commonly used for many types of cancer, not just exclusively Mesothelioma.  The radiation continues to work for about a year after the procedure is completed, working to destroy the tumor. This procedure can be used along with surgery or by itself if the patient is not well enough for surgery. Read more...


Chemotherapy can be administered in the form of pills or injections.  Chemotherapy has a downside as the drugs can contain high toxicity and can therefore make the patient very ill.

Some of the side effects can include:

Some post-chemo drugs available can alleviate the side effects.  Since chemotherapy drugs do not target a direct area, these drugs must travel through the entire body until the affected part or parts of the body are found. This means that the chemotherapy may target tissues and cells that are unaffected by the disease, thus causing side effects. Read more...

Palliative Therapies

Palliative Therapies are additional treatment options for Mesothelioma patients.  This method entails the draining of excess fluids through the use of a needle and suction. This procedure may be followed-up with drugs administered through a tube in the chest to prevent further accumulation of fluids.

A combination of treatments and cocktail of drugs are used to treat patients who have Mesothelioma. The type of treatment received will depend on the patient’s age, physical health, how far the disease has spread, and the location of the disease.

Mentioned above are most of the common treatments used for Mesothelioma.  However, they do not always work effectively.  Since current common treatments for Mesothelioma do not always work, clinical trials may be offered as opposed to traditional treatments.

New Mesothelioma treatments are always being tested through medical research studies in hopes that an effective treatment will soon be discovered.  Clinical trials give hope to patients that take part in them and this important research may one day find a drug that can help those  with Mesothelioma. Read more...