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Non-traditional mesothelioma treatment

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Non-traditional treatment play a great role in mesothelioma treatment.

The treatment options for mesothelioma depend on many factors, including: where the cancer is, the stage of the cancer, how far the cancer has spread, how the cancer cells look under the microscope, and the patient's age and desires. Mesothelioma is more treatable when diagnosed early. Treatment options include Tri-modality Therapy, Surgery, Radiation Therapy, Alternative Medicine, Chemotherapy, Chemotherapy Clinical Trials, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), Gene Therapy, Drug Therapy, Pain Control and Management, and Miscellaneous Treatments.

These surgeries are accompanied by intra-operative radiation and multi-cycle post-operative chemotherapy. These are not considered experimental procedures and should be covered by insurance and Medicaid.

Alternative medicine refers to systems of medicine or specific treatments that are not generally used or approved by medical doctors (MDs) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Please be careful when considering any alternative treatment.

Examples of alternative medicine are faith healing, chicken soup, vitamins, herbs, and supplements sold in your local drugstore. Some types of alternative medicine have been practiced for generations, and for many illnesses there is an effective alternative treatment. However, no alternative treatments have been shown to inhibit or cure mesothelioma.

Photodynamic Therapy is a highly experimental treatment using a drug that causes cells to become light sensitive. The drug is applied or injected and attaches itself to the tumor. The doctor then uses fiber optics to focus intense light on the tumor, killing the tumor cells. This may be able to destroy the whole tumor or the residual tumor that was not reached during surgery, however, keep in mind that the procedure is still under investigation.

Photodynamic therapy is being studied for use against several kinds of cancer, including malignant mesothelioma. It involves the injection of photo-sensitive substance into the pleural cavity. The molecules of this substance are absorbed by the cancerous cells, making them susceptible to light. They are then subjected to a low intensity laser or high-intensity light which kills off the mesothelioma cells.

One of the more traditional treatments for cancer has been the use of chemicals produced by the body's immune system against the cancerous cells. The most common of these are interferon and interleukin-2. While they are often effective in treating other kinds of cancer, they've had only limited success in treating mesothelioma. Recently, however, researchers have found that introducing interleukin-2 directly into the space between the lungs and the ribs may slow the growth of tumors. There are a number of clinical trials ongoing.

Gene therapy for mesothelioma is still being researched and is not yet readily available. Researchers are manipulating genes to make them more susceptible to certain anticancer drugs. It is possible that this therapy will destroy tumor cells while preserving healthy cells. There are a number of different kinds of gene therapy being investigated. One of the most promising involves genetically changing the structure of a virus so that the cells that are invaded by the virus become more susceptible to drugs used to treat cancer.

Antiangiogenesis therapy: Cancer cells need more blood supply than other normal cells. For this purpose number of capillaries is formal around a tumor. This pathological process is called angiogeness. The angiogenesis promoters secreted by the tumor cell indicate this. By introducing an angiogenesis inhibiting factor angiogenesis can be prevented. When the blood supply to the tumor reduces naturally the tumor size and growth will reduce. This method is in the initial stage of trial and is a new hope for cancer patients.

Some types of complementary and alternative treatments may be helpful and your doctor or hospital may be able to direct you to trusted practitioners. Others can jeopardize your health. So, it is very important to consult with your doctor before trying any of these treatments.

Most people choose complementary therapies. Today, some hospitals offer complementary or integrative medicine along with traditional treatments.

You should always ask your doctor's advice before trying any type of complementary treatments, including over-the-counter herbs, vitamins, and nutritional supplements, because even these simple remedies might interfere with your current treatments. Sometimes certain herbs shouldn't be taken for a week or two before surgery, for example, or they might be safe once chemotherapy is over but dangerous while you're undergoing treatment.

So, make sure your doctor knows everything you are considering. He or she can help you decide whether to try complementary therapies and at what point during your treatment they are safe to try.

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