Mesothelioma Treatment and
refers to the lining that is found on several internal organs of the body like lungs, abdomen and so on. This
lining generates a fluid that helps in smooth functioning of these organs. For example, this lining supports
the lungs in their rhythmic breathing movement. When this inner lining of organs gets afflicted with cancer,
the condition is known as Mesothelioma.
therapy is best known for alleviating pain in patients. This treatment is not self-reliant for curing cancer
but works best when used in conjunction with other pertinent treatments like surgery and/or chemotherapy.
Patients in advanced stage of disease are advised to go for radiation therapy to get respite from pain with
minimum after effects.
The mesothelioma cancer
treatment can be quite difficult as it is to be targeted over the lining of lungs, abdomen etc. Surgery
cannot possibly remove this cancer completely and thus explains the need to undergo the mesothelioma
Oncologists study every case
individually and, depending upon the extent of the cancerous growth, suggest the best possible treatment.
Though surgery is the initial step of mesothelioma cancer, sometime radiation is also done in order to
relieve the patients from their uneasiness. Patients suffering from Mesothelioma experience breathing
problems, pain and bleeding. To control such symptoms radiation is given at early stages of the
External beam radiation
therapy is the most common form of mesothelioma treatment that treats patients in painless
manner. The patient is accompanied by the oncologist and measurements are taken in order to decide the right
posture for targeting the X-rays. The machine is used to focus the X-rays over cancerous cells within few
minutes. Newer methods of radiation enable the oncologist to conduct the mesothelioma treatment
with precision and thereby save the healthy cells from being destroyed.
Another method is the Brachy
therapy where radioactive material are enclosed in needles and placed directly in the chest or the abdomen,
near to the cancer. The material travels to the limited distance and thus the healthy cells do not get
affected by the radioactive elements.
There are several factors
that affect various aspects of mesothelioma radiation therapy. These factors are the stage, size, location,
and the type of cancer. All these factors are carefully considered by doctors before deciding the best
possible route and strength of radiation to be beamed. Since radiations may be beamed from multiple angles,
the health of other organs is also taken into consideration. However, there is no fear of accumulation of radioactive material or dead
cancerous cells inside the body as they get excreted through body’s normal excretory system.
Minor side effects are
experienced by the patient after receiving mesothelioma radiation therapy. Side effects like like loss of
hair, skin tanning, tiredness and nausea tend to disappear gradually over reasonable period of time. However,
if the patient has undergone lung radiation there might be breathing problems and feeling of