Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that is difficult to treat. As many cases are diagnosed in advanced stages, the available treatment options can become further limited. Although the prognosis for mesothelioma is not the most favorable, professionals throughout the medical and health care communities have made great strides in their efforts to diagnose and treat this disease.
While the following treatment options are available, physicians will choose a method based on a number of unique factors and circumstances, including the health and age of a patient and the location and stage of the cancer. Peter Angelos, P.C. recommends that you discuss your personal treatment options and goals with your doctor.
Surgery can remove tissue lining the ribs and lungs. Doctors may also choose to surgically remove as much of the cancer as possible, or remove the affected lung and surrounding tissue. This may relieve symptoms.
Chemotherapy uses chemicals to kill cancer cells and shrink or slow the growth of mesothelioma that cannot be removed using surgery or to make a surgical operation easier. Chemotherapy is generally administered intravenously.
- Radiation Therapy
In radiation therapy, high-energy beams, such as X-rays, are focused on an affected area and are used to reduce signs and symptoms and to prevent spread of the disease.
- Clinical Trials
Some patients may opt to participate in studies of new treatment methods known as clinical trials. Results are never guaranteed and it is advised that you consider your options with a medical professional. Currently, mesothelioma clinical trials are investigating a number of targeted drugs that can be used to attack abnormalities within cancer cells.
Recover Damages with Legal Assistance
The financial burdens victims and families shoulder in the wake of a mesothelioma diagnosis can be extreme. As these treatment options have yet to conclusively or effectively cure mesothelioma, families are also often plagued by emotional distress, pain and suffering and feelings of hopelessness. At Peter Angelos, P.C., our mesothelioma attorneys know that victims and families should never have to endure these painful setbacks alone, and we offer our support and legal representation to all victims throughout the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.
While we go beyond in our efforts to support you throughout the entirety of you case, we also leave nothing behind when fighting on your behalf and working to obtain compensation for the physical, emotional and financial damages you suffered. Take the steps toward the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm today.