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Mesothelioma Chemotherapy  

Mesothelioma is a devastating form of cancer which can cause very serious symptoms.  It is also one type of cancer which is almost impossible to cure.  But mesothelioma chemotherapy is a very good course of treatment to help to control the symptoms, slow the progression and extend the life of the patient while providing as high a quality of life as possible.  Mesothelioma chemotherapy is also one of the best ways to treat this particular form of cancer.  Let’s review this type of treatment is greater detail as well as discuss some of its benefits and expected side effects. 


Chemotherapy involves the use of special drugs which are specially designed to attack cells which exhibit rapid production.  Cancer cells tend to grow much more rapidly than normal cells so this makes it easier for powerful drugs to identify the cancer cells and kill them.  However one of the key problems with this course of treatment is that the drugs tend to attack all cells which grow rapidly including otherwise healthy ones like hair cells and cells which line the stomach.  This is why a treatment like mesothelioma chemotherapy causes unwanted side effects like hair loss, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. 


But in the case of mesothelioma, the benefits tend to far outweigh the drawbacks.  And in the case of mesothelioma, this course of treatment can be a very good option for patients who would not benefit from surgical procedures.  The chemotherapy is most often used to treat the disease when it has progressed into the advanced stages and has branched out to other organs. 


This treatment can help to alleviate many symptoms of advanced cancer such as pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.  Because mesothelioma chemotherapy can attack cancer cells throughout the body it can help to slow the progression of cancer and help to extend the life of the patient. 


This drugs used in this therapy can be administered in two ways most commonly.  The first is systemic which brings the drugs into the body either by swallowing or through a catheter or injection.  Another key method is called intrapleural.  With this method a thin tube is inserted into the body and placed very near the area of cancer.  The drugs are then injected through this tube.  In this way the drugs do not have to flow through the entire body before coming into contact with the affected cancer site. 


This method can help raise the effectiveness of treatment and minimize the side effects.  Chemotherapy can also be used in conjunction with other types of treatment.  For example it can be used to initially treat the tumor and shrink it so that it will be easier to remove surgically.  Also the treatment may be used following surgery to help to eliminate any remaining cancer cells. 


Or the treatment can be used to manage the symptoms and help to control the progression of the disease for as long as possible.  In any case this type of treatment can be an important way to help reduce the serious impacts of this disease and provide some relief to its sufferers.