The big problem with treating and stopping a patient from perishing from mesothelioma cancer; is that it is not normally diagnosed in its early stages. All cancers are labeled either stage I, stage II, or stage III, depending on how far the disease has progressed.
When mesothelioma cancer is diagnosed in stage III, it has either spread throughout your entire body, or the tumors are far too large to be surgically removed. At this time, there is very little that the doctor can do for you, other than provide you exceptionally strong drugs or medications, which will help to relieve some of the pain that you are experiencing.
The symptoms for mesothelioma cancer are very similar to many common medical problems. For this reason, when you first visit your doctor, they will not treat you for mesothelioma cancer. Only after all their other attempts at healing you failed, will they finally suspect that you might have it.
Mesothelioma cancer is also very uncommon, and it is very likely that your physician has never had a patient with it before. In fact, it is so rare, that they might have never even seen a person that has it throughout their entire professional career.
Some of the treatment options for this disease are the following; palliative therapies, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery. It is possible to use only one treatment, or a combination of them. The doctor will suggest the best alternatives based on the type of mesothelioma cancer that you have, and how far it has progressed.
Even if it is detected very early, in only a very few cases will the patient ever be totally cancer free. If your doctor does not feel like there are any treatment options that will work on a patient because it is in stage III, and they refuse to treat it, there is only one other thing that a person can do to help extend their life.
There are clinical trials for new drugs or treatment programs that are almost always being conducted for mesothelioma cancer. In order to get into one of these testing programs, you will need to match all the criteria set out by the company sponsoring the research.
If you do not meet their needs and requirements, more than likely, you will not be selected. If you do decide to go this route, without question your best chance at surviving mesothelioma cancer is to get into a Phase III trial. The reason for this, if a drug or treatment method has already passed Phase I and Phase II, it has at the very least provided some positive evidence that whatever they are testing might work.
Mesothelioma cancer is very serious, and if somebody that you know has it, more than likely they will not be living too much longer. If you suspect that you might have it, you should immediately schedule an appointment with your doctor, let them know of your concerns, and get tested for it as soon as possible.