What to Know About Your Treatment Choices for Malignant Mesothelioma
Your treatment choices depend on your age, the stage of the cancer, and how much the cancer has affected your health. The goal of treatment is to control the cancer for as long as possible and to keep you comfortable.
It’s normal to want to learn all you can about this cancer and your treatment choices. You probably have many questions and concerns. Your doctor is the best person to answer your questions about your treatment, how successful it is expected to be, and what the risks and side effects may be.
Treatment for malignant mesothelioma is local, systemic, or both. Local treatments wipe out the cancer cells in one area. Here are the main local treatments for malignant mesothelioma:
Systemic treatments wipe out cancer cells all through the body. For example, chemotherapy you get through your veins is a systemic treatment.