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Mesothelioma Treatment - Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy comes in three types used to treat Mesothelioma patients: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy, adjuvant chemotherapy, and palliative chemotherapy. Neoadjuvant is a preoperative chemotherapy to reduce the size of the tumor before surgery. Adjuvant chemotherapy is postoperative treatment used to prevent a relapse of cancer cells. Palliative chemotherapy is for the purpose of addressing a patient’s symptoms and is not a curative measure. For Mesothelioma patients, combined modality therapy, is most often used. This is treatment with chemotherapy combined with another form of treatment such as radiation or surgery.

Common Chemotherapy Drugs

Mesothelioma is most often treated with Alimta, Anti-Angiogenensis, Cisplatin, Onconase and Veglen depending on the type or location of the disease.

Peritoneal mesothelioma can be treated either intravenously with one or a combination of the following drugs:

  • Cisplatin
  • Pemetrexed
  • Irinotecan
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Dacarbazine
  • Gemcitabine

These chemotherapy drugs can be administered directly into the abdomen:

  • Cisplatin and Doxorubicin
  • Heated Chemotherapy: Cisplatin and Mitomycin
  • Mitomycin on its own
  • Fluorouacil and Paclitaxil

Pleural Mesothelioma can be treated with one or a combination of the following drugs:

  • Pemetrexed
  • Cisplatin
  • Carboplatin
  • Raltitrexed (Tomudex)
  • Mitomycin
  • Vinorelbine
  • Gemcitabine

Chemotherapy Side Effects

Chemotherapy can have debilitating side effects, but can greatly improve the quality of life for mesothelioma patients. Typical side effects suffered by chemotherapy patients include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, mouth ulcers, fatigue, loss of appetite, hair loss, and other symptoms. As a result, patients can become malnourished and special dietary concerns should be addressed by physicians and nutritionists to ensure that carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals are properly replenished.

Mesotehlioma Related Resources

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Classification of Chemotherapies

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