How Is Mesothelioma Treated?

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How Is Mesothelioma Treated?

By: Linda Woodhouse

Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles. However, they may have been been exposed to asbestos dust and fibre in other ways. This could include working with asbestos or by home renovation using asbestos cement products or even by washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos. The resulting disease is rare form of cancer in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that covers most of the body's internal organs.

Mesothelioma occurs more often in men than in women and risk increases with age, but this disease can appear in either men or women at any age. About 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year. Although reported incidence rates have increased in the past 20 years, mesothelioma is still a relatively rare cancer.

There are various procedures used for the treatment of mesothelioma. The type of treatment depends on the location of the cancer, the stage of the disease, and the patient's age and general health.

A common treatment of the disease is by means of surgery by the removal of part of the lining of the chest or abdomen and some of the tissue around it. For cancer of the pleura, a lung may be removed in an operation called a pneumonectomy. Sometimes part of the diaphragm, the muscle below the lungs that helps with breathing, is also removed.

Another method is Radiation therapy, also called radiotherapy. This involves the use of high-energy rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation therapy affects the cancer cells only in the treated area. The radiation may come from a machine or from putting materials that produce radiation through thin plastic tubes into the area where the cancer cells are found .

Anticancer drugs can be used to kill cancer cells throughout the body. This is known as chemotherapy and involves the administration of the drugs by injection into a vein (intravenous, or IV). Currently, doctors are also studying the effectiveness of putting chemotherapy directly into the chest or abdomen.

Because mesothelioma is very hard to control, the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) is sponsoring clinical trials that are designed to find new treatments and better ways to use current treatments

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Mesothelioma-Junction.Com 20.08.2008. 07:54

What did you use as alternative treatment to cure and survive mesothelioma asbestos cancer? Hi, I'm doing a new web site about diagnosis malignant mesothelioma titled and true stories about people diagnosed with mesothelioma asbestos cancer and USED AN ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT TO SURVIVE LONGER THAN 24 MONTHS . This cancer normally kills people within 24 months, but some survive longer.
I will recognize you as the source


Admin 20.08.2008. 07:54

The ONLY treatment I've ever seen work (and work often!) is the Immuno Augmentive Therapy (IAT) Clinic in Freeport Grand Bahamas. They are run by British and Bahamian medical doctors, and are in my opinion by far the best alternative cancer treatment center in the world.
For some reason, their treatment (small injections you take several times a day containing immune system proteins) works especially well with mesothelioma, and they are well known for treating it, and often get referrels from Stateside and British MD.s.
Visit their website at either...


Rosalie Cullen 24.10.2007. 15:45

Is there an know way to prevent pulmonary fibrosis? I need to know this for an science project that is due tommorrow. I know that there is no know way to treat this diesase but, maybe if we knew how to prevent it really well than we would not need a treatment, because nobody would get it.

Rosalie Cullen

Admin 24.10.2007. 15:45

Idiopathy means a pathological state of unknown or spontaneous origin.
Inhaling asbestos fibers can cause scar tissue (fibrosis) to form inside the lung. Scarred lung tissue does not expand and contract normally, and cannot perform gas exchange. The severity of the disease depends upon the duration of exposure to asbestos and the amount inhaled.
Asbestos fibers were commonly used in construction before 1975. Asbestos exposure occurs in asbestos mining and milling industries, construction, fireproofing, and other industries. In families of asbestos workers, exposure can also occur from particles brought home on the worker's clothing.
Asbestos-related disease includes pleural plaques (calcification), malignant mesothelioma, and pleural effusion. Mesotheliomas may develop 20 - 40 years after exposure. Workers today are less likely to develop asbestos-related disease because of government regulations.
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of developing the disease. The incidence is 4 out of 10,000 people.
Similarly those who are handling coal or silica (tiles) will be affected by pulmonary fibrosis.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the most common form of IIP, causes progressive pulmonary fibrosis predominantly in male smokers. Symptoms and signs develop over months to years and include exertional dyspnea, cough, and fine (Velcro) crackles. Diagnosis is based on history, physical examination, chest x-ray, and pulmonary function tests and is confirmed with HRCT, lung biopsy, or both if necessary. No specific treatment has proven effective, but corticosteroids, cyclophosphamide, azathioprine, or a combination are often given. Most patients deteriorate even with treatment; median survival is < 3 yr from diagnosis.
Please see the web pages for more details on Pulmonary fibrosis.


peace_love_rebel 01.10.2008. 23:48

What kind of treatments are there for asbestos? My grandfather got diagnosed with lung cancer. Well then he might have asbestos too. How do they treat that? Is it treatable?


Admin 01.10.2008. 23:48

Asbestos is a mineral fibre that when inhaled can cause lung disease. The lung disease can take a number of different forms, but sad to say that there are not many specific treatments for any of these - it's mainly supportive care with oxygen, pain relief, etc.

I'll try to summarize the different types as follows:
1. Pleural plaques - these are benign and generally don't cause problems, or only very mild symptoms. They are evidence of asbestos exposure.
2. Pleural disease - a slightly different form, with more severe thickening which can impair breathing.
3. Asbestosis - diffuse lung disease that is usually slowly progressive and can be fatal in the end-stage, causing respiratory failure.
4. Mesothelioma - the most feared form, effectively a cancer of the pleura (the lining of the lungs). There are newer chemo agents for this, but none are that effective. Surgery is rarely considered.


andrea q 21.01.2011. 20:54

What are three respiratory diseases that cause shortening of breath? These diseases have to be non-fatal, seeing as I'm using it in my story and I don't want the character to die. Please, if you could just tell me three non fatal respiratory diseases that would be great :)
Also, how long each on takes to cure/treat.
No more links, please.

andrea q

Admin 21.01.2011. 20:54

Spontaneous pneumothorax is one = basically a collapsed lung due to blebs that burst causing pressure inside the chest cavity to collapse the lung. takes roughly a week to fix by draining cavity with a chest drain.

Asthma = im sure you know what it is.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease= has no cure but is treatable with medication.

Emphysema= is a long-term, progressive disease of the lungs that primarily causes shortness of breath.

Malignant mesothelioma =, is a rare form of cancer that develops from the protective lining that covers many of the body's internal organs, the mesothelium. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos. Long term recovery same as modt cancers i guess.

Hope i helped, good luck with the story!


yicklesnitzel 05.08.2006. 02:52

How can I prevent these classifications of cancer? Carcinoma: malignant tumors derived from epithelial cells. This group represent the most common cancers, including the common forms of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer.
Lymphoma and Leukemia: malignant tumors derived from blood and bone marrow cells
Sarcoma: malignant tumors derived from connective tissue, or mesenchymal cells
Mesothelioma: tumors derived from the mesothelial cells lining the peritoneum and the pleura.
Glioma: tumors derived from brain cells
germ cell tumours: tumors derived from germ cells, normally found in the testicle and ovary
Choriocarcinoma: malignant tumors derived from the placenta

Live Long


Admin 05.08.2006. 02:52

According to WHO website, there are more than 100 types of cancers; any part of the body can be affected.
In 2005, 7.6 million people died of cancer - 13% of the 58 million deaths worldwide.
More than 70% of all cancer deaths occur in low and middle income countries.
Worldwide, the 5 most common types of cancer that kill men are (in order of frequency): lung, stomach, liver, colorectal and oesophagus
Worldwide, the 5 most common types of cancer that kill women are (in the order of frequency): breast, lung, stomach, colorectal and cervical
Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of cancer in the world.
One fifth of all cancers worldwide are caused by a chronic infection, for example human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical cancer and hepatitis B virus (HBV) causes liver cancer.
A third of cancers could be cured if detected early and treated adequately.
All patients in need of pain relief could be helped if current knowledge about pain control and palliative care were applied.
40% of cancer could be prevented, mainly by not using tobacco, having a healthy diet, being physically active and preventing infections that may cause cancer.
Please see the webpages for more details on Cancer.


abbyg23 29.01.2010. 23:46

Does anyone know of any clinical trials for pleural mesothelioma? Perferably in the Houston area, but i am open to any place. Please help.


Admin 29.01.2010. 23:46

The NIH (Nat'l Institute of Health) is doing quite a bit on this right now. The link is:

Here's some additional info on a couple in TX:

Austin : Merck

A Phase III, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Oral Suberoylanilide Hydroxamic Acid (SAHA) in Patients With Advanced Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Previously Treated With Systemic Chemotherapy

Houston : S. R. Burzynski Clinic

Phase II Study Of Antineoplastons A10 And AS2-1 In Patients With Mesothelioma

Here's more info for the one in Houston

Finally, I put a link below that gives even more info, including a hyperlink to places that list these trials, many of which are non-governmental.

There's a lot to go through because so much is being done. I assume you know this, but as a general rule, you'd want to avoid phase I trials (which are often crap shoots) and even II if possible. Also, most cancers have online support groups. Some are insanely chattty, but others have very knowledgeable people in them. You might learn some useful info there, as well. Good luck to you !


always 12.12.2006. 11:22

Anybody out there with a family member with Asbestoes cancer? My husband was diagnosed last month with Mesothelioma (Asbestos-Related Cancer) he will be getting a port in Thursday, then starting chemo next week. Already had his right lung talcumed to chest wall lining. What should I expect to come besides the side effects of chemo.? I guess what do I do?


Admin 12.12.2006. 11:22

I'm so sorry. It's a terrible and scary disease and just so hopeless at every turn.

I lost my dad to Mesothelioma back in 2003. His brother died from it a few years earlier, but progress is being made against the disease all the time. It claimed my uncle in only 9 months, but my dad made it almost 3 years - and was on medicines that weren't even invented when my uncle was battling it. I imagine that's the case now too.

We were lucky because he was able to be treated by Dr. Jablons at UCSF who is one of the big researchers in the field. My dad had chemo, followed by an experimental surgery, then radiation, more chemo and finally some compassion release chemo drugs that were part of a clinical trial.

My dad was a active and physically fit, so he was able to monitor his health quite well (he'd actually go for 5 mile walks after having his daily radiation). He could really monitor his breathing and getting his chest drained would make an short-term improvement. As he got sicker he complained a lot of the big "gorilla" that felt like it was compressing his chest all the time. He also had a lot of pain that got worse as his disease progressed - all of the pain was situated in his chest and lungs. He lost quite a bit of weight as he got sicker, and eventually was on oxygen and couldn't walk across the room without having to sit down and catch his breath.

Some of the odd chemo side effects were that all of his black hair fell out but he kept his gray hair - so he looked older almost over night. It was weird. And everything tasted like metal to him when he was on the chemo (he had Cisplatin and I forget what the other one was)...everything that is but hot dogs.

I think some of the best advice we had was to really make each day meaningful and be close as a family.

The other thing that was a great piece of advice from Dr. Jablons that probably isn't so obvious was to not be afraid of young doctors. I remember the second oncologist my dad had was so young we thought she had to be 17. But, young doctors are usually very willing to work really hard and research anything and everything to try and find a way to help you buy some time, while the older, more experienced oncologists tend to accept meso as a death sentence. The younger doctors tend to ask for a lot of advice from the experienced oncologists rather than relying on their knowledge, and they may have open options to participate in clinical trials where more seasoned veterans have used up all their trials. I guess the way a lot of research studies work is that each doctor is allowed 1-2 patients into the trial, so sometimes doctors have used up all their trials. It typically takes a lot of paperwork and effort to get a patient into some of the trials too, but having a doctor who has the tenacity to make sure everything gets done to ensure their patient is included is a relief.

Sorry, this is long winded but I hope some if it is helpful.


Jocelyn 28.08.2010. 18:50

what certifications or licenses are required to become an OB/GYN? I was just wondering what certifications u must recieve to become an OB/GYN. I've researched it, but it seems that different websites say different things.


Admin 28.08.2010. 18:50

These are 5 steps to becoming an OBGYN:

Step 1: Research OBGYN Career Duties and Education
OBGYNs are experts in female anatomy. These medical experts perform hysterectomies, ultrasounds and laparoscopies. OBGYNs also treat ailments, including mesothelioma, menopause, infertility and fibroids. After four years of college and four rigorous years of medical school, OBGYNs enter a 4-year American Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited residency. Then, they earn state licensure and pass two board exams before being certified.

Step 2: Excel in Your Undergraduate Studies
Students aspiring to become Obstetricians and Gynecologists need outstanding college grades. Students should take courses in anatomy, chemistry, biology, genetics and physics, which can demand heavy study time. Students pursuing a career as an OBGYN who have science prerequisites don't need a science related major.

Step 3: Go to Medical School
Future medical students must score high on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Taken electronically, it contains four sections dealing with physical sciences, verbal reasoning, writing and biological sciences. The MCAT takes about 4.5 hours. After a rigorous application process with tough interviews, a future OBGYN undertakes the challenge of medical school. The first two years include studying, taking in-depth science courses and learning medical terminology and practices. In the third and fourth years, students undergo training at a clinic or hospital.

Step 4: Finish Your OBGYN Residency
OBGYNs spend a 4-year residency gaining experience at clinics or hospitals. During this time they oversee medical students, gain experience in preventive and primary care, diagnose patients and perform surgery. A resident OBGYNs' responsibility increases each year. OBGYNs in residency spend long hours at the hospital and respond to unexpected emergencies and births at all hours of the night.

Step 5: Become Licensed and Certified
OBGYNs must apply for state licensure by taking an examination, reports the AAMC. For American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology certification, OBGYNs must pass two board exams. The first is a lengthy written exam, taken immediately after completing residency. Then, OBGYNs must practice for two years before taking an oral exam given by a panel of professors. OBGYNs can also seek certification in a subspecialty, such as maternal/fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology,reproductive endocrinology and infertility or urogynecology/reconstructive pelvic surgery.

Hope I helped!!!


Luis Alcaraz 10.07.2011. 02:03

My basement has fleas. How do I get rid of them without using toxic chemicals? I have two cats and I don't want to use anything that might make them ill. They sometimes wander down there.

Luis Alcaraz

Admin 10.07.2011. 02:03

Get Advantage from your vet. Advantage is the safest flea product out there. It does not enter the bloodstream like the other multi-pest products do.
Advantage only treats for fleas. Use it religiously for 4 months and the fleas will be eradicated from your house.
While I am all for using Diatomaceous earth, you need to know that DE has been linked to an emphysema/mesothelioma type illness from inhalation.


Yash 22.07.2010. 12:25

treatment for mesothelioma perriteoneal? My friend's nephew is suffering from rare disease mesothelioma perriteoneal. ENDOSTAR is being used to treat this medicin and it's availble only in CHINA.
Please let me know how to get tratment in CHINA for this and what are the way to get this medicin in INDIA.
P.S: Kindly forward this message to as many people you can so that we can get the information ASAP.


Admin 22.07.2010. 12:25

Endostar has been approved by the SFDA (State Food and Drug Administration) for the treatment of cancer. Since September 2005, the Chinese government has allowed the use of Endostar for the treatment of non-small-cell lung carcinoma. Further experiments have been carried out on many other types of cancer including lung, breast, pancreas and colorectal cancer. Endostar's parent company has engaged in talks with U.S. pharmaceutical firms, although Endostar is still not licensed for use in the U.S.

You can contact Cancer Center China at

No. A28 Xinxi Rd, Shangdi, Haidian District

Telephone: +86 10 51520454 (8:30 - 17:30 GMT+8:00)
Fax: +86 10 51520474

Sorry to say that it currently isn't available anywhere else.

You may want to consider Chemotherapy with Radiation along withe surgery. This would be your best bet. If you would like some additional information, please have a look at That site spells out the current available options for dealing with Mesothelioma.


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