Because mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer and for most people diagnosed with mesothelioma, there isn’t a cure because this disease is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage. Treatment options are based on a few key factors: size and location of the tumor, if it spread to other organs or lymph nodes, and the individual’s overall health.
Typically, patients will have a team of doctors like a thoracic surgeon, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, and a pulmonologist according to the American Cancer Society. Each medical professional will play a key role in your treatment plan along with nurses and other staff members.
Because mesothelioma is so aggressive and spreads throughout, it becomes nearly impossible to completely remove cancer. In most cases, multiple treatment options are used. According to the Mayo Clinic, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, clinical trials and combination therapy are the widely practiced treatments for mesothelioma.
Individuals are encouraged to talk with their physician about all of the risks and possible side effects for each treatment option.