Chemotherapy and Mesothelioma

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Although a cure for mesothelioma remains elusive, ongoing research continues to produce new and better mesothelioma chemotherapy drugs to fight the deadly asbestos cancer.

How Mesothelioma Chemotherapy Works

Chemotherapy for mesothelioma is like any other cancer chemotherapy. Different mesothelioma chemotherapy drugs work in different ways, but the goal is always the same: to kill cancer cells. Unfortunately, mesothelioma chemotherapy drugs may also damage “good” or healthy cells, resulting in potential side effects and complications.

Mesothelioma Prognosis And Quality Of LifeFor most patients with mesothelioma a chemotherapy treatment is the most promising option. Whether used alone or in combination with surgery or radiation, mesothelioma chemotherapy can prolong lives and relieve pain and other symptoms.

Mesothelioma Chemotherapy Drugs

Your doctor may recommend mesothelioma chemotherapy based on several factors, including the size, location, and stage of your tumor. Because different drugs attack cancer cells in different ways, your doctor may order more than one type of mesothelioma chemotherapy drug for you.

Following are the names of some common mesothelioma chemotherapy drugs:

  • Complementary Alternative MedicineCisplatin
  • Gemcitabine
  • Raltitrexed
  • Methotrexate
  • Vincristine
  • Vinblastine
  • Mitomycin
  • Doxorubicin
  • Cyclophosphamide

Mesothelioma Chemotherapy Side Effects

In an effort to destroy deadly cancer cells, mesothelioma chemotherapy drugs search out and attack cells that grow quickly, including hair cells and cells that are found in the mouth, stomach, and other parts of the digestive system. As a result, side effects often affect these areas as well, with symptoms that include:

  • Hair loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mouth sores

Other side effects are less common, but still a cause for concern:

  • Mesothelioma Treatment Clinical TrialsLowered blood cell counts
  • Infection
  • Increased bleeding or bruising
  • Shortness of breath
  • Exhaustion

If you are troubled by side effects from mesothelioma chemotherapy, your doctor may suggest remedies to relieve your discomfort.

Learn Your Legal Rights

If you have mesothelioma, you may be able to collect compensation for your injuries. Call Sokolove Law today at 1-888-360-4215 to file your claim and get justice for the harm that was done to you.