Chemotherapy is a method of prevention and treatment of Mesothelioma by the use of chemical substances. These chemical substances are known as antibiotics, drugs, or agents. Like all other cancer treatment options immediate detection combined with chemotherapy drastically improves survival and provides improved quality of life.
Common Chemotherapeutic Agents
Mitomycin : An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called antitumor antibiotics.
Vinblastine : An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of plant drugs called vinca alkaloids. It is a mitotic inhibitor.
Cisplatin : An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called platinum compounds.
Carboplatin : Carboplatin is an anticancer drug ("antineoplastic" or "cytotoxic") chemotherapy drug. Carboplatin is classified as an "alkylating agent."
Patients who are diagnosed with mesothelioma that is already in the later stages places them beyond the healing benefits of surgery. So as an alternative, these patients are treated with chemotherapy after surgery with the primary hope of increasing survival time and improving their quality of life.
Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor
- How many chemotherapy sessions will I be given?
- What drug or combination of drugs will I receive?
- How will the drug/drugs be administered, i.e., pill, intravenous, etc.?
- Where will I go for my treatment, i.e., doctor's office, hospital, etc.?
- What will be the duration or each treatment?