Featured Mesothelioma Articles
Descriptions of Featured Mesothelioma Articles
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is typically caused by exposure to asbestos. This selection from the eMedTV library gives an overview of this disease, including risk factors, treatment options, and more.
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the thin layer of tissue that covers the lungs. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at this disease, including information about its risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and more.
Making a diagnosis of mesothelioma may involve tests such as a CT scan or a biopsy. This eMedTV article describes the process of diagnosing this illness, and explains how it is often confused with other conditions.
Chest pain and shortness of breath can occur when mesothelioma begins in the membrane around the lungs. This eMedTV page also looks at peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms and signs, such as stomach pain and weight loss, and the link to asbestos exposure.
This eMedTV page looks at current areas of mesothelioma research, including studies investigating the effectiveness of new combinations of chemotherapy. This article also discusses research being conducted on biological therapy to treat mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is often treated with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these. This eMedTV resource discusses mesothelioma treatment in detail and includes information about second opinions, nutrition, and follow-up care.
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is often the result of exposure to asbestos. This eMedTV segment gives an overview of this condition, including possible symptoms, making a diagnosis, treatment options, and more.
Alternative Mesothelioma Treatment
Types of alternative treatment for mesothelioma include acupuncture, massage therapy, and meditation. This eMedTV article discusses several alternative treatment options and provides a list of questions to ask prior to starting such treatment.
A medical opinion as to the outcome of a disease is what's known as a prognosis. As this eMedTV article explains, doctors base a mesothelioma prognosis on factors such as the size of the tumor and the amount of fluid in the chest or abdomen.
A chemotherapy drug, pemetrexed is used to treat mesothelioma and non-squamous, non-small-cell lung cancer. This eMedTV selection offers a detailed overview of this medicine, including how it works, how it is given, potential side effects, and more.
Drug Interactions With Pemetrexed
As this eMedTV segment explains, pemetrexed can react with several drugs, such as naproxen sodium, probenecid, and ibuprofen. This resource takes a closer look at these pemetrexed interactions and describes the problems that can occur as a result.
When treating mesothelioma, chemotherapy may be used to stop the growth of cancer cells and reduce pain. This eMedTV article discusses mesothelioma and chemotherapy, including information about potential side effects of treatment.
In people with mesothelioma, pain may be the result of the cancer or a side effect of treatment. As this eMedTV article explains, in most cases of mesothelioma, pain can be relieved using medications, alternative treatments, or both.
In cases of mesothelioma, radiation therapy may be used to treat the disease. This eMedTV article discusses mesothelioma and radiation therapy in detail and explains how such therapy may be combined with surgery or chemotherapy.
Mesothelioma stages refer to how far the cancer has spread. As this eMedTV article explains, mesothelioma stages II, III, and IV are advanced; they describe cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Stage I refers to localized mesothelioma.
When used to treat mesothelioma, surgery may involve procedures such as wide local excision. This eMedTV Web page describes several types of mesothelioma surgery, including extrapleural pneumonectomy as well as pleurectomy and decortication.
Mesothelioma Survival Rate
The overall 5-year relative mesothelioma survival rate for 1998-2002 was about 9 percent. This segment of the eMedTV website explains how the relative mesothelioma survival rate is calculated and provides additional statistics about survival rates.