Everyone who faces mesothelioma also faces a myriad of choices for treatment. There are many scientists and doctors who have dedicated their careers to help curing this devastating disease. There are different thoughts on how to treat the disease and the patient, and new ideas and approaches are constantly being tested and investigated. Rather than one treatment being the “silver bullet” for mesothelioma, it is thought that depending on stage, cell type of the disease, and performance status of the patient, the treatment be tailored to the patient. The treatment options include chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, as well as less aggressive options to just treat the symptoms.
The scientific process is a rigorous one that involves checks and balances. When searching for a treatment center for an opinion on mesothelioma, remember each center has an expert who has researched extensively, studied many patients and results, written scientific papers, and is an expert in the field.
Recently there has been controversy over whether extrapleural pneumonectomy, an operation to remove the entire lung, as opposed to a pleurectomy, an operation to remove the lining of the lung but spare the lung, is the best treatment option for the mesothelioma patients. There has been much discussion and as the discussion continues in the scientific community patients can wonder if they have chosen the right path. The mesothelioma patient and family can become confused as to what the best option is, and if their choices are the right ones for them.
Confusing claims and technical discussions can lead to questioning the treatment plan. Although progress is slow and research is ongoing it is vital for the relationship between the patient, family and their team of doctors to all know they are working for the best interest and best treatment options for the patient.
The discussions regarding all the treatment options for mesothelioma being presented by your medical team are all meant to offer the best approaches with the best interest of the mesothelioma patient at the center of the discussion.
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