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They say there is no cure for mesothelioma, but that can be misleading. Some people who were diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages have beaten the cancer. Even those who can no longer benefit from treatments aimed at the cancer still require extensive palliative care. New and experimental treatments may help those who are not good candidates for traditional therapies.

Traditional Cancer Treatments for Mesothelioma

Stage 1 mesothelioma responds well to surgery and some patients make a full recovery. Surgery is also used in later stages of mesothelioma to minimize the symptoms, improve quality of life, and extend life. Radiation and chemotherapy may also be used to treat the cancer or in palliative care. Traditional treatments may be used alone or in various combinations.

Trimodal therapy combines surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. It has shown great promise, but is only feasible for patients who are in relatively good health because it is very hard on the body.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy uses your own immune system to fight mesothelioma or involves the use of antibodies created in a lab. Vaccines can be used to stimulate your immune system into attacking the cancer. Other substances are used to boost your immune system without directing encouraging it to attack the cancer cells. Antibodies can be created in the lab and used to help your body fight the cancer without relying on action from your immune system.

Gene therapy

Gene therapy is showing great promise. Gene therapy can work in several ways. It can be used to:

  • Make the cancer cells more susceptible to chemotherapy
  • Support other cells so that they can withstand chemotherapy
  • Replace missing genes that suppress tumor growth
  • Block genes that help cancer develop

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses a combination of photosensitive drugs and a certain frequency of light to kill cancer cells. The drug is given by injection.
It concentrates in the cancer cells, making them sensitive to the light. A laser is then used to kill the cancer cells.

Complimentary and Alternative Medicine

So-called “alternative” medicine may be used alone or in combination with conventional medicine. When used with conventional treatments it is referred to as complimentary medicine. Alternative medicine may be curative, palliative, or used to support and maintain underlying health so that patients can better withstand and benefit from harsh conventional treatments.

Complimentary and alternative medicine encompasses a very wide range of therapies and treatments which are not typically a part of conventional medicine in the U.S. American doctors are beginning to accept some of these treatments and incorporate them into treatment plans, especially for palliative care. Many are commonplace medical practices in other countries, proven over decade or centuries to be effective. Examples of alternative and complimentary mesothelioma treatment or therapy include:

  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine)
  • Homeopathy
  • Herbal medicine
  • Chiropractic care
  • Naturopathy
  • Osteopathy
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Pet therapy
  • Lymph drainage
  • Acupuncture
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Massage therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Hypnosis
  • Light therapy
  • Nutritional support