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Mesothelioma's extended latency period, sometimes 20-50 years, results in most patients being diagnosed later in life, usually above age 50. By then, they may be suffering from other health issues that compromise their immunity, making it difficult to endure aggressive treatments.
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Surgery is often performed on mesothelioma patients to either remove the tumors or stop the cancer from spreading. However, in more severe cases, a pleurectomy is one form of surgery that doesn't cure the condition but instead reduces excessive pain. The surgery involves the removal of the pleural lining around the lungs, controlling the fluid buildup that causes uncomfortable symptoms. In more serious cases, the entire affected lung is surgically extracted.
Chemotherapy is one of the most common ways to treat mesothelioma. The process involves certain drugs being administered through the veins, and drugs may be used to either kill the cancer or slow its growth. Often, doctors will combine a couple of drugs for maximum effectiveness. One of them serves as a primary cytotoxin, which attacks the cancerous cells. The other acts as an alkalizing factor, which stabilizes the healthy cells around them.
Radiation therapy is associated with lesser side effects than other treatment methods and is generally considered more bearable. The procedure involves targeting the affected areas with light rays either through an external machine or by placing the radioactive material inside the affected area. Radiation is also used in combination with surgery to remove any leftover cancerous tissues.
This form of treatment combats the cancer by adjusting how the patient's genes interact with the cancer. It consists of removing affected cells and treating the cancer at a DNA level in a laboratory. Then the cells are put back in the patient, where they behave as normal cells. This process is called replacement gene therapy. Another option is knockout gene therapy, which suppresses the growth of the cells that grow tumors.
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