FAQ About the Treatment of Mesothelioma
What are the different treatment options available to me?
The most important thing in the treatment of mesothelioma is the stage of the disease. As soon as you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should start looking for treatment options. The longer you take to decide, the lesser the options would be. Surgery may be a safe option in the earlier stages and chemotherapy at later stages. Specific treatments have been described in the section on pleural mesothelioma , peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma treatment. You should discuss the pros and cons of all options with your oncologist and also keep yourself aware of the latest advances in medicine in the field.
Should I avoid a specific treatment and why?
Many people would give you testimonials of the unconventional treatments that have helped them. You should, however, make sure that the treatment you are going to undertake is scientific and proven. Unconventional and unproven treatments may have worked for some, but they may produce effects that can worsen your illness or reduce your options in the future. Therefore, consult a reputed oncologist, National Cancer Institute or American Cancer Society before going in for an unconventional treatment. You should, however, not disregard parallel treatments like nutritional and psychological approaches that can work in conjunction with the treatment an oncologist is offering you.
Where should I go for treatment?
You should be very careful about the place you choose for your treatment. The hospital where the surgery would be carried out should be certified by the NCI. For information and assistance on travel, you can contact The National Patient Travel Helpline.
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