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Mesothelioma treatment

Along with traditional methods, new mesothelioma treatment options are developing in many medical research centers. Here you can read about both traditional and alternative mesothelioma treatment methods.
Traditional Treatment of Mesothelioma
Traditional mesothelioma treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The most general treatment option is the removing of the cancerous growth by surgical operation.
Radiation therapy uses the high-energy rays to damage and kill cancer cells. In external radiotherapy the soarse of radiation comes from external machine. In internal radiation therapy materials that produce radiation are putted into the the cancer tumor area through thin tubes.
Chemotherapy uses drugs to damage and kill cancer cells. usually by injection into a vein or by putting drugs into the abdomen or chest.
Very often chemotherapy has side effects. See video.
Chemotherapy side effects video

Alternative mesothelioma treatment options

Chemotherapy and drug combinations
The most prevailing mesothelioma treatment methods for advanced malignant mesothelioma patients include chemotherapy with drug combinations. The drug's combination can produce a chemical reaction and greatly improve the effectiveness of the treatment.
The clinical researches proved the effectiveness of the Cisplatin with chemotherapy for malignant mesothelioma patients. But using combination of Cisplatin and Gemcitabine proved to be more effective.
Finding the new combination of drugs which can slow down tumor growth is very promising way in mesothelioma treatment development.

Hyperthermia

This method based on the different heat-sensitive of cancer and healthy cells and their reaction to overheating.
The temperatures up to 43-44°C can kill or damage cancer cells while this temperature is not so dangerous for healthy cells.
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Anti-angiogenic mesothelioma therapy
It is a biological therapy. This kind of therapy uses the natural substances of human body that influence the growth of mesothelioma cancer.

Immunotherapy
It is also variety of biological therapy. Immunotherapy focuses on improvement of cancer cells immunity and can involve different vaccines injected generally in the pleural area. Clinical research have shown the success of IL2 in the early mesothelioma stages (stage 1 and stage2).

Photodynamic therapy
This kind of therapy uses the energy of heat and light to kill cells. Photodynamic therapy got attantion for many medical methods, including mesothelioma treatment. Unfortunately, clinical examination gave not very promising results with mesothelioma patients.

Gene or molecular therapy
It is relatively new kind of mesothelioma treatment. Gene therapy can be classified as variety of biological therapy as it uses natural human body substances. There are two kinds of genes: oncogenes which try to spread the cancer cells and onco- suppressor genes which try to stop cancer cells spreading. The goal of gene is to replace the oncogenes in cancer cells with new healthy ones.

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