Mesothelioma Treatment and CuresMesothelioma is a cancer - a group of cells that are running wild. In essence all treatments involve destroying and removing all of these cells, so they cannot multiply and spread any further.
If there is a large lump of mesothelioma, then doctors will cut you open and try to remove that lump. This can get most of the cancer out - but there will always be little spots that they did not see. That is why in addition they also do chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Chemotherapy refers to chemicals. You take in a variety of chemicals and drugs that go through your bloodstream and help to kill off cancer cells. Unfortunately, cancer cells are cells much like other cells in your body - so many people react poorly to chemotherapy. The aim is to find a balance where you are killing off the cancer cells but not killing off the healthy cells.
Radiation therapy involves ... radiation. Just like microwave radiation in your microwave, but different :) Different types of waves kill different cells. So doctors try to find the wavelength that kills off the cancer cells, and then use it just on the part of your body that is most likely to have the cancer cells in it. As with chemotherapy, it is not an exact technique and can cause harm to other neighboring cells as well.
Doctors are always doing studies to find new combinations of chemicals that target just the mesothelioma cells - or new radiation combinations that are very focussed on taking out the mesothelioma areas. As you might imagine, it is hard to "guess" what might work, and sometimes they guess wrong. But since those who are sick are fighting off a deadly disease, it is critical that doctors keep doing their best to come up with new combinations that work better than what we have now.
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NOTE: I am not a doctor - please always talk to a doctor if you are not feeling well or have medical questions!
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