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    Cancer Information Mesothelioma Treatment Pleural Cancer                                               Cancer Information Mesothelioma
                                                                                                           Treatment Pleural Cancer

                               Mesotheliomic patients are often told of the short survival duration of 6

                               -   12 months. But doctors specialized in treating malignant

                               Mesothelioma at leading cancer centers expect better survival rates.


                                


     




     Wednesday, December 8, 2010 5:04 PM Posted by Rojak



    Cancer Information Mesothelioma Treatment Pleural Cancer

                                                         Mesothelioma Treatment - Chemotherapy

                                                         By Laura Russell Laura Russell Level: Basic

                                                         Laura Russell is a professional health writer

                                                         having expertise in the field of Mesothelioma

                                                         Cancer.



                                                         Mesothelioma is a cancerous disease that

                                                         affects the serous linings of various internal

                                                         organs in the human body. Among them, the

    lungs, heart and the stomach are the mostly affected.


    It is estimated that each year, 2,000 new cases of Mesothelioma are reported. The patients

    suffering from this cancerous disease have had prior exposure to asbestos, which is

    considered to be the only known cause of Mesothelioma. Mesotheliomic patients are often told

    of the short survival duration of 6 - 12 months. But doctors specialized in treating malignant

    Mesothelioma at leading cancer centers expect better survival rates. Though Mesothelioma

    causes immense pain and suffering to the victim along with short life expectancy, certain

    treatments have resulted in the successful reduction and removal of the cancerous tumors of

    Mesothelioma.


    Treatment of Mesothelioma depends on many factors, including the stage of the cancer, the

    circulation of the malignant cells, pathology reports determining the nature of the cancer cells

    and patient's age and health. Following is a detail description of the options for Mesothelioma


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    Treatment.


    CHEMOTHERAPY: Chemotherapy is a "systematic treatment" of Mesothelioma that uses drugs,

    chemicals and medicines in an efficient manner to kill cancer cells. It is given to patients in

    either pills form or is injected directly into the body. In some cases, the medicines are directly

    inserted into the chest, known as intrapleural chemotherapy, or into the abdomen, known as

    intra peritoneal chemotherapy, to destroy the growth of cancerous cells. It is also given to

    patients before and after a surgery to limit the growth of Mesothelioma cancer.


    The widely used pemetrexed, Alimta ®, is given in combination of Cisplatin (a standard platinum

    compound) to treat pleural Mesothelioma. The drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug

    Administration (FDA) in February, 2004. The working of this drug is simple: it enters the blood

    stream of a patient and kills the cancer cells throughout the body, while stopping the malignant

    cell growth. The drug has some side-effects for which vitamin B 12 and folic acid is given to the

    patients undergoing this treatment.




    Laura Russell is a professional health writer having expertise in then field of Mesothelioma

    Cancer.


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