Radiation therapy is an effective treatment option for patients with malignant mesothelioma. It works best in combination with other treatments such as surgery.
Treatment for All Stages of Mesothelioma
Radiation therapy is effective in treating patients with all stages of malignant mesothelioma. It is best used to shrink or stunt the growth of cancerous tumors. In patients with early stage mesothelioma, radiation is often combined with curative surgical treatments. In the advanced stages, it is used to provide pain relief to patients.
Benefits of Radiation Treatment
Radiation treatment used in a multimodal setting before and after surgery has had the result of increasing life expectancies in some cases.
Target Mesothelioma Tumors
Innovative radiation techniques can be used to directly target tumors, sparing healthy cells and tissue.
Radiation treatment is used for pain relief purposes in patients in all stages of mesothelioma by shrinking tumors.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer, and most oncologists don’t have extensive experience treating it. It’s important to find a doctor who specializes in mesothelioma treatment. A patient’s doctor (or team of doctors) recommends a treatment plan for them, which may include radiation. If so, a radiologist or radiation oncologist consults with them.
Patients should seek out radiation oncologists who have experience treating mesothelioma. Patients having difficulty finding the right mesothelioma specialist can use our free Doctor Match program to connect them with a specialist.