When someone in Washington or Oregon is diagnosed with mesothelioma, it can be a scary and uncertain time for that individual and family members. Even a cursory search for information about mesothelioma would likely lead our readers to conclude that the survival rate for this disease is not high. Oftentimes, mesothelioma isn’t even diagnosed until it has already spread and treatment options are limited. But, that doesn’t mean there are no options at all. So, what are the treatment options for mesothelioma?
The most common treatment options that a doctor would likely recommend for mesothelioma include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Surgery could be an option to attempt to remove tumors from the patient’s body. Chemotherapy could treat the disease by slowing the spread of a tumor, or shrinking it. Chemotherapy, however, isn’t a cure for mesothelioma. Neither is radiation therapy, in most instances. However, radiation therapy could help prevent the return of cancerous cells after a surgical procedure removes tumors. Or, like chemotherapy, radiation therapy could also be used to help slow or shrink a tumor.
Of course, there are other types of treatments that might help with the management of symptoms related to mesothelioma. Pain control methods that might be classified as “alternative” treatments, such as acupuncture or massages, can be helpful for someone who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma. And, experimental treatments are sometimes available, on a case-by-case basis.
At our law firm, we understand your situation and that you likely want to try anything and everything that might help. Legal action is one way to attempt to hold another party responsible for the exposure that led to your mesothelioma diagnosis and, potentially, recover financial compensation. For more information, please visit our website.