Mesothelioma cancer that begins to grow in the pleural membrane. The thorax contains two thin layers of cells: an outer layer that lines the inside of the rib cage and an inner layer that covers the lungs. These layers are called pleura or pleural membrane. Each layer is almost as thin as the skin of a balloon.
The space between the two layers is called the pleural space and normally contains a small amount of fluid. This fluid lubricates the two surfaces and allows the lungs and chest wall to move and expand as you inhale and exhale.
Recent scientific research has produced significant advances regarding treatment protocols for mesothelioma patients and there are now more options available to manage mesothelioma and support a better quality of life.
Conventional treatment options for mesothelioma include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Recently, chemotherapy drugs that include Alimta and cisplatin have shown promising results in some patients.
Clinical trials of mesothelioma, as well as experimental treatments, are other options in which certain mesothelioma patients may be eligible to participate. Our site presents a comprehensive mesothelioma cancer treatment section that includes important information for patients and families.
Beyond conventional treatments for mesothelioma, certain alternative therapies can provide assistance to patients with mesothelioma. Financial assistance is available to help offset the costs of mesothelioma treatment.