The aftermath of asbestos usage in the United States has left an often tragic and even devastating path of destruction for exposure victims. For close to 100 years, between the late 1800s and mid-to-late-1900s, millions of people were unknowingly exposed to a toxic and potentially fatal material. Many were exposed at work, while others came into contact with asbestos on their own homes-either from building components used during construction or through a process called secondary exposure.
Life after asbestos goes on with no detectable consequences for many people. But for the small and unfortunate portion that develops an asbestos-linked illness-such as asbestosis, mesothelioma or other forms of cancer-life is never the same again. All of these chronic and pervasive conditions cause significant physical and emotional distress for the victim and in the case of mesothelioma cancers, death.
There is much information available about asbestos, its consequences, and options for legal recourses. To offer victims of asbestos an easy and straightforward guide that is designed to cover a myriad of topics-from veteran exposure and cutting-edge treatment options to choosing a legal representative and taking your personal injury case to court.
PART XIII: A MESOTHELIOMA TREATMENT GUIDE
Having already covered briefly some aspects of the mesothelioma treatment guide, this specific guide is designed to review conventional methods in a bit more detail and also introduce you to some popular alternative treatments that may be used in conjunction with them. We’ll later explore alternative mesothelioma treatment options further in Part XVI of our series.
Conventional Treatment of Mesothelioma
As we discussed in Part VI, there are three forms of conventional treatment for most cancers (including mesothelioma): surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Evidence-based research has repeatedly shown a combination of treatments, called the multimodal approach, to be most effective in the vast majority of eligible patients.
But it’s important to note that not all patients will be eligible for all types of treatment, with eligibility dependent on both their general health at the time of diagnosis and the nature of their cancer. Your mesothelioma treatment guide is your doctor, and he or she will be able to help you understand which methods would be best for your individual illness and also whether you qualify for curative or palliative care.
Alternative or Complementary Treatments
When considering (as around 70 percent of meso patients do) the implementation of a holistic or homeopathic method of mesothelioma treatment, a guide to help you understand natural medicine may be needed. A professional Natural Medicine Consultant can help you navigate the complex world of naturopathy and aid you in the evaluation of alternative treatment options most commonly used for mesothelioma cancer. Just a few of these include:
- Nutritional Therapeutics
- Mind-Body Interventions