Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lungs caused by asbestos exposure. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you need to know that there are several options for your treatment.
Chemotherapy is an option for this type of cancer. It may be used as the primary treatment or as a support treatment to surgery. Chemotherapy comes with several downsides, since it damages normal cells along with the cancer cells. Your doctor needs to keep a close eye on your dosage and condition to minimize damage. This is especially important if the chemotherapy manages to damage your bone marrow, which can result in low blood cell counts.
You can also choose surgery. Mesothelioma surgery entails removing the pleura, where the majority of the tumor resides. You must have no other serious illnesses and be in good health to choose surgery.
Radiation is the main choice for patients who cannot undergo surgery. High energy x-rays are used to kill cancer cells in radiation therapy. Unfortunately, radiation is not as effective against mesothelioma as other treatment methods.
Mesothelioma is a serious illness and you need a lawyer who will care. If you or a family member has developed mesothelioma after asbestos exposure, please contact Brown | Kiely, LLP today to speak with a mesothelioma lawyer. We serve Baltimore, Maryland and all of Washington, DC.