This week we bring to you an educational video infographic on the available treatment options for mesothelioma patients. Have you tried any of these options? Has a particular combination of therapies been successful for you? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.
“Did you know…
That mesothelioma patients have a number of treatment options to extend their life expectancy and ease symptoms?
The most common treatments are surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Surgery has the best chance at extending survival, especially among patients with early stage cancer.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy work best to relieve symptoms and help manage the cancer’s growth.
When doctors combine two or more treatments, it’s called multimodal therapy — which has the best history of extending survival.
In one multimodal study, 45% of early stage patients survived five years or longer.
Clinical trials are exploring treatments like gene therapy, immune therapy and photodynamic therapy with growing success.
Also on the rise is the use of alternative therapies among mesothelioma survivors like acupuncture, dietary changes, massage and meditation to complement their traditional treatments.
Even though no cure has been found yet, numerous survivor stories offer hope to newly diagnosed patients searching for treatment options. Simply knowing that mesothelioma survivors exist is inspiring, and knowing which treatments worked for them provides hope and motivation to keep seeking a cure.
If you’d like to connect with other patients in the mesothelioma community about treatment options, visit our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/TheMesoCenter ”
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