Many mesothelioma cancer patients are treated with drugs either as a primary or adjunct therapy. The drugs most commonly used in mesothelioma patients are chemotherapy drugs, which are administered orally or via injection to destroy cancer cells. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, your physician will explain to you your best mesothelioma treatment options. If drug therapy is deemed appropriate, you may be treated with one or more of the following:
Mesothelioma Treatment with Alimta/Cisplatin
The Food and Drug Administration approved Alimta (pemetrexed) in 2004 for use in patients with malignant mesothelioma. Alimta is often used in conjunction with another cancer drug, Platinol (cisplatin), to treat mesothelioma patients, and in fact, clinical trials suggest that the drug combination extends patient life expectancies when compared with cisplatin alone. Cisplatin has been used as a cancer treatment since 1979, when it was approved by the FDA.
Mesothelioma Treatment with Vinorelbine
This drug was approved by the FDA in 1994 for use in patients with breast cancer and small cell lung cancer. However, Vinorelbine may also be used as part of a drug treatment regimen for mesothelioma cancer patients.
Mesothelioma Treatment with Onconase
Onconase (ranpirnase/P-30 protein) is currently being tested in clinical trials and so far has shown promise for extending the rate of mesothelioma survival cancer patients. More research is being conducted to determine whether or not Onconase is an appropriate drug therapy for mesothelioma patients.
Additional Options for Mesothelioma Drug Therapy
New drugs are always being tested for their effectiveness in mesothelioma treatment and other types of cancers. Velcade (bortezomib) and Tarceva (erlotinib hydrochloride) are two such drugs, though there are more.
Mesothelioma Drug Therapy Side Effects
Although mesothelioma drug therapy has benefits, it also often causes a number of unwanted side effects such as hair loss, nausea and fatigue. Side effects will usually remedy themselves once the course of mesothelioma treatment is terminated, but patients should always discuss potential risks with their physician before undergoing treatment.
Mesothelioma cancer patients also have various other treatment options, including surgery, radiation therapy and alternative treatments. If you have mesothelioma cancer, talk to your doctor about the mesothelioma treatment options that are right for you since treatment plans vary according to patient.
Paying for Mesothelioma Treatment
Paying for mesothelioma treatments, even with insurance, is burdensome for most patients and their families. Mesothelioma cnacer patients may be eligible to receive financial compensation to help cover treatment costs. To learn more about eligibility patients should contact an exprienced attorney.