Mesothelioma treatment may include
different therapies, including chemotherapy. The disease is a rare medical condition affecting about 2,000 new
individuals within the United States every year. But the question is what mesothelioma really is? This is a rare
form of cancer in which malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective sac that includes the pleura,
the lining around the lungs; the pericardium, the lining around the heart; and the peritoneum which is the
lining around the abdominal cavity.
There is no
unique treatment for all mesothelioma cases. Different treatments or therapies have been tested and used to help
make this rare form of cancer more manageable, and possibly curable. But for now, mesothelioma treatment generally depends on the location, stage, general health and age of
the patient, and it often includes cancer chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy Work for Mesothelioma?
The answer can be
yes, the same it can be no; it depends to what you are looking for. In the mesothelioma treatment, chemotherapy
is, most of the times, used as palliative treatment to help reduce the symptoms of the disease and possibly the
size of the tumor, thus help the patient live longer and better. Certain cancer chemotherapy for mesothelioma
now contains cisplatin-antifolate combinations, which has shown to improve responses and prolong survival in
According to a
study conducted by scientists in The Netherlands on 4,731 Dutch patients diagnosed with mesothelioma between
1995 and 2006, we have reasons to be optimist when it comes to chemo in the treatment of this fetal disease.
“During the periods 1995-1998 and 2005-2006, the use of chemotherapy to treat mesothelioma jumped from 8% to
36%. At the same time, median survival for chemotherapy-treated patients increased from 10.1 months in earlier
years to 13.1 months in more recent years. The researchers summarized their findings by stating that increased
chemotherapy use at the national level did improve survival rates of mesothelioma patients. The chance is even
higher for patients living a healthy lifestyle.
chemotherapy drugs used in the treatment of mesothelioma include Alimta and Cisplatin. Cisplatin is a
platinum-based chemotherapy being marketed as Platinol. In addition to mesothelioma, this drug is also used to
treat different types of other cancers, including small cell lung cancer and ovarian cancer, lymphomas and germ cell tumors. Cisplatin works by triggering cellular death
of cancerous cells. It is often used in combination with Alimta, which is an antifolate drug that works by blocking the activity of folic acid inside
cells interfering with cellular metabolism.