While the standard conventional therapies have recorded some measure of success, medical researchers are constantly on the lookout for new safer and surer ways to treat mesothelioma patients. They normally test their research at clinical trials. Majority of these clinical trials have failed, however there are some that have resulted in extremely promising emerging treatments, in some cases extending the lives of mesothelioma patients by months or years.
Although, Immunotherapy, Gene therapy and photodynamic therapy are currently the most promising experimental therapies for mesothelioma, there are still ongoing clinical trials, looking for new ways to fight mesothelioma, happening in cancer clinics across the country and worldwide. Frustrated patients who have found no success with standard treatments can opt for these clinical trials.
Researchers at the clinical trials spend quality time looking for and investigating new targeted drugs and chemotherapies. They also research on developing new protocols for giving the drugs and chemotherapies. Each trial focuses on one aspect of treatment. While some trials focus on immunotherapy, which fortifies the power of the immune system to fight the disease, other trials look at phototherapy, a treatment where you are injected with a drug that bonds to cancer cells and is activated by high-intensity light. Additional research focuses on genetic therapies and novel radiotherapy techniques like tomotherapy.
We encourage you to learn more about participating in an active clinical trial.
We have emphasized some multimodal treatment for mesothelioma that includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, or emerging treatments such as immunotherapy or gene therapy. Nevertheless, there are some complementary treatments that can provide additional relief to help patients during recovery after their primary treatment is delivered.
Palliative care may be the last option with a Stage 4 diagnosis, a stage where the mesothelioma cancer has spread throughout the body, and a cure is not likely. This type of care involves the use of the treatment techniques in the multimodal approach, but with a focus on relieving the pain and suffering of the patient, rather than trying to eradicate the disease.
For instance, pleural mesothelioma results in the build-up of fluid in the pleural space around the lungs. The fluid buildup makes breathing severely painful and laborious. The patient would find it near impossible to cope with everyday simple tasks, even something as simple as walking or talking. Relief can only come when the fluid is removed by means of a pleurocentesis.
Pleurocentesis involves an invasive procedure into the body organs. Where such invasion is impracticable or as an additional treatment, medication can be used to relieve from pain, make breathing easier and alleviate other symptoms. Click on the following link to learn more about pain management as well as its associated risks.
After a major surgery such as the primary treatment administered on mesothelioma patients, physical therapy is often necessary to help patients recover from the trauma of the treatment and return to previous activities. The particular physical therapy a patient would be asked to undergo depends on the particular multimodal treatment technique given and their body’s reaction to the treatment given. Common types of physical therapy available to cancer patients who have undergone treatment include cardiovascular training, scar tissue healing, fatigue management, and strength training. Physical therapy will not eradicate cancer or prevent recurrence, it can only improve a mesothelioma survivor’s quality of life and overall health.
Different things work for different people, some mesothelioma patients have found relief from physical and emotional symptoms through certain forms of alternative treatment such as massage, acupuncture, yoga and art therapy. It doesn’t matter the alternative treatment you get involved in, what matters is discussing it with your doctor first to ensure it will not interfere with your primary treatment plan.
Cost of treatment for mesothelioma can be mammoth, and sometimes not fully covered by insurance companies, especially for clinical trials or experimental therapies. Fortunately, you may be eligible for other ways of paying for your mesothelioma treatment, depending on your development stage and your asbestos exposure source. Special programs and funds have been set up for mesothelioma victims who were veterans, industrial workers in certain industries, those exposed during 9/11 attacks, and others.
Contact one of our top rated mesothelioma attorneys to learn more about the financial assistance that is available to you when you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and exposed to asbestos.